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LIFE SKETCHES OF 
LUTHERAN MINISTERS 



North Carolina And Tennessee 

Synods 

1773-1965 




Published by the authority of the North Carolina 
Synod of the Lutheran Church in America 

Other Volumes in this Series Previously Published 

History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina 
1953 

Supplement to the History 
1965 



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IN THE NAME OF JESUS 

This shall serve as report and Certification that Mr. "Daniel Scherer" according 
to the rule of the Evangelical-Lutheran Ministerial Association of the State of North 
Carolina and the adjacent-states, has been examined in his knowledge of the Evan- 
gelical doctrine and in the necessary ability to administrate the office of an Evangel- 
ical teacher; accordingly he is herewith authorized: to preach in public, to hold 
catechetical instruction, and to baptize, in the congregation "of the State Virginia, 
Bottetourt County, Pentres and other congregations" and in all other preacherless 
congregations of the Evangelical churches, where it may be requested by good rea- 
sons, until the next conference. That witness we the officials of aforesaid conference 
with our names signing with our own hands, and the printed Ministerial-Seal, the 
17th Oct. 1815. 

/s/ Jacob Scherer, Secretary /s/ Philip Henkel, Pres. P. T. 

SEAL (Latin) 

Ministerial Seal of (the) Evangelical Lutheran(s) in the 
Carolinas and the neighbor states. 

Peace be with you (Pax vobis) 



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Foreword 

The church of Jesus Christ is always within one generation of extinc- 
tion. Yet in each generation men hear and respond to the call of God to 
preach and teach His Word, and so the church lives in our day. 

The roll of ministers who have served the Lutheran Church in North 
Carolina since it was planted brings into passing review a notable proces- 
sion of men whose lives and service span nearly two centuries. Spaced 
widely by time, they nevertheless constitute one united company who 
have heralded the gospel of God's grace in their own and succeeding 
generations. 

All honor to them! Let their names be noted and their works be appre- 
ciated, and let others rise up to join their company in this and each 
succeeding generation. 

It matters little whether a minister serves in high places or low, wheth- 
er he has many honors or few, or whether or not his name is inscribed 
in stone for succeeding generations to read. Those things do not make 
or destroy a minister. But each minister is judged on whether or not he 
has been faithful to his calling. "It is required of stewards that a man 
be found faithful." 

Let the faith that these men have proclaimed in the past be the con- 
tinuing and living faith of the church today and in years to come. 



George R. Whittecar 



COMMITTEE ON HISTORICAL WORK 
1965-1966 



Rev. Carroll N. Yount, M.A., Chairman 
Rev. J. Wilford Lyerly, M.A., Secretary 
Rev. Baehman S. Brown, D.D. Mr. Bernard W. Cruse, LL 

Rev. Flavius L. Conrad, D.D. Mr. Hugh C. Petrea 

Mr. Leon M. Rivers 



FORMER MEMBERS 
Of The 

COMMITTEE ON HISTORICAL WORK 
1953-1965 

Rev. Jacob L. Morgan, D.D., LL.D. Mrs. T. E. Harrison 

Rev. John Hall, D.D. Mrs. Aubrey Mauney 

Rev. Wade F. Hook, Ph.D. Mr. J. E. Fisher 

Rev. John L. Morgan, D.D. Mr. R. W. Graeber 

Rev. ( leorge F. Schott, Jr., D.D. Mr. Jeff L. Norris 

Prof R. Brown McAllister, LL.D. 

Prof. Conrad B. Park, Ph.D. 



EDITORIAL COMMITTEE 

REV. BACHMAN S. BROWN, D.D 
REV. FLAVIUS L. CONRAD, D.D. 
REV. CARROLL N. YOUNT, M.A. 



SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS 

REV. GEORGE R. WHITTECAR, D.D. 
President of the North Carolina Synod 
of the Lutheran Church in America 

REV. CLARENCE E. NORMAN 

Compiler of Sketches and Editorial Assistanl 

REV. GEORGE W. SHUFORD 
Pastor, Writer, Research Student 

RUTH BLACKWELDER 

Associate Professor of History 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

LEON M. RIVERS 

Chairman of Sub-Committee on Pictures 



Preface 



IN THE year 1953 a book, History of the Lutheran Church in North 
Carolina, was published as a part of the observance of the sesqui- 
centennial of organization of the first synod in North Carolina in 1803. 
To bring the history of the synod up to date a Supplement was published 
in 1965. The main portions of the original book and of the Supplement 
consisted of a narrative of the beginning and growth of the Lutheran 
Church in North Carolina and some parts of adjoining states. Very little 
was written about the ministers who served the church more than a 
century and a half of its organized life and the quarter of a century 
prior to 1803. 

This book of biographical sketches of ministers is intended to give a little 
insight into the life and labors of all men who are now serving in the 
North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America and all others 
in the former Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina and the 
Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod, even back to the time of the 
arrival of pioneers Adolph Nussmann and Johann Gottfried Arends in 
1773. The total number is eight hundred and sixty-five. Much of the 
information has been condensed to the minimum due to space limita- 
tions. However, enough is given to show evidence of consecration and 
faithful labors in their service in the church. 

The information was collected from every available source. Much of it 
came from the ministers themselves on special forms for biographical 
data provided by the synod. Official publications of the synods and of 
the general bodies of the church were carefully searched. Facts were 
taken from family records which were made available in many instances. 
Congregational records, obituaries, diaries and many books on historical 
and biographical material proved to be valuable sources. Living minis- 
ters, and surviving relatives of deceased ones, wherever they could be 
reached, were furnished copies of their respective sketches for corrections 
and final approval. 

The compiling of biographical data was shared by all the members of 
the Committee on Historical Work. But the actual composing was done 
by the Rev. Clarence E. Norman, who was chosen by the committee for 
this work with the approval of the Executive Board of the synod. To 

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him much credit is due for their content and concise style. He also 
assisted in the editing and proof reading. The committee set the guide- 
lines for compiling of the sketches as to form or style, use of abbrevia- 
tions, joining by hyphens churches in multiple church parishes, locating 
of churches, and so on. Churches each minister served are listed, along 
with dates (years) of his service, according to the available information 
from personal files and synodical records. Discrepancies and conflicts 
were often found, but every effort was made to correct or reconcile them. 
There is no claim of a perfect solution in every instance. 

All ministers who were ordained by either the North Carolina Synod or 
the Tennessee Synod are included in these sketches. But for those who 
immediately or soon thereafter transferred to another synod only a few 
facts are related. Many who were ordained by other synods have been 
received by transfer and are included, and all available information has 
been used. For those who transferred to other synods and did not return 
the general rule is not to follow through with their ministry elsewhere. 

It is to be regretted that we could not include many other ministers 
reared in the two synods who had no official connection with them. 
Since this volume is not an inter-synodical production, the many faithful 
ministers who are now laboring or have labored in the American Luth- 
eran Church and in The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod within the 
State of North Carolina also are not included. 

The composition follows somewhat the form used in "Who's Who" vol- 
umes. They are short, with few exceptions, due to the large number in 
the book. The general appearance of this volume is designed to conform 
to that of the 1953 History. Abbreviations are used, as Coll. for College, 
Sem. for Seminary, Comm. for Committee, Commn. for Commission, and 
in referring to states. For the most part churches are located in city, 
town, or county instead of by post office, as in the minutes of the synod. 
Locations in North Carolina are given without N. C. being used. The 
form of church names is the same as is used in the official minutes and 
yearbook of the Lutheran Church in America and in the minutes of the 
North Carolina Synod. This usage is not to be taken as a suggestion that 
local congregations are to follow the same style where other forms are 
preferable. 

All sketches in this volume are given in alphabetical order, with the ex- 
ception of the first two — Nussmann and Arends — in the front of the 
book, and other special groups. See the listing of contents for pages. 
There is no index of individual names, because of the alphabetical order. 

Individual pictures are inserted with many of the sketches. A special 
committee, consisting of the Rev. J. Wilford Lyerly, Mr. Leon M. Rivers, 



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and Mr. Hugh C. Petrea, set up a three-part criterion as a basis for the 
selection of pictures, which was approved by the Committee on His- 
torical Work: First, service in the ministry a minimum of thirty-five 
years; secondly, service in the State of North Carolina a minimum of 
ten years; thirdly, service as pioneer, missionary in a foreign field, edu- 
cator, or holding important official positions in the church. The subject 
had to qualify on both first and second, or in the category of the third. 

Repeated efforts were made to secure more pictures in the earlier years, 
but in many instances they were not obtainable. Even some in more 
recent years who qualified are not shown for the same reason. The large 
group pictures were taken at the last convention of the United Evangeli- 
cal Lutheran Synod of North Carolina, held in St. Paul Church, Salis- 
bury, in 1962. In them we have ministers and laymen from four of the 
five conferences in the synod who were in attendance at that convention. 

Special recognition with thanks is extended to Miss Ruth Blackwelder 
for the excellent biography on Adolph Nussmann which she prepared 
for this volume. The same also goes to the Rev. George W. Shuford who 
wrote the biography of Johann Gottfried Arends (Arndt) especially for 
this volume. Both writers are in direct line of family kinship with these 
two pioneers which they have so well presented. In each case the name 
of the writer stands at the head of the biography. To many others also 
thanks are hereby extended for their valuable information and assistance. 

In the sketches throughout the book many references are made to edu- 
cational institutions which ministers attended. It may be helpful to state 
briefly some name changes that have been made in institutions most 
frequently mentioned. 

Western Carolina Male Academy at Mt. Pleasant (1853-58) became 
North Carolina College (1859-1902), then Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Insti- 
tute (M.P.C.I., 1902-33). 

Mont Amoena Seminary (1859-1927) was first named Mount Pleasant 
Female Seminary. The name was changed in 1892. 

Concordia High School (1878-80) at Conover was chartered in 1880 as 
Concordia College, coming then under the care of the Tennessee Synod. 
In 1891 Lenoir College was founded in Hickory. The name was changed 
in 1923 to Lenoir Rhyne College, which name is used in this volume. 
Use of Concordia College refers to the college at Conover, though a few 
of the pastors studied at some other Concordia College, but not in every 
case is the location given. 

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St. Paul's Seminary in Hickory was an institution of the Joint Synod of 
Ohio, but several of our ministers were educated there. 

New Market (Va.) Polytechnic Institute was sponsored by the Tennes- 
see Synod. 

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary had its beginning in the 
founding in 1830 of Theological Seminary and Classical Institute by 
the South Carolina Synod in Newberry Co., S. C. This joint institution 
later developed into the Seminary and Newberry College (1856). The 
Seminary, in a sense, for many years was conducted as a theological 
department first of Newberry College, then of Roanoke College in Salem, 
Va.; later separately at Mt. Pleasant, near Charleston, S. C. Southern 
Seminary, located in Columbia, S. C, since 1911, is the designation used 
in this volume, though in a few instances use is made of the original 
name. 

Pennsylvania College became Gettysburg College on Nov. 14, 1921; the 
latter name is used throughout. 

References to Biblical Seminary and Union Seminary indicate the insti- 
tutions in New York City, so well known by these names. 

Name changes of Wittenberg College to Wittenberg University and 
Hamma Divinity School to School of Theology have not been strictly 
adhered to. 

These biographical sketches are brief and incomplete, but they may 
serve as reminders that God makes provision for the ministry of the 
church to be carried on from generation to generation through men who 
are called into its service. It is an inspiration to us in this day to know 
that we are surrounded by such a "cloud of witnesses" and can share 
with them the joy that comes from our labors in the Lord's Kingdom. 

It is deeply regretted that the inner spiritual nature of each man's min- 
istry could not be indicated. Readers may wish to imagine it. It is the 
hope of the committee responsible for this book that when the sketches 
are read, not only the pioneers, their families and congregations, will be 
remembered, and thanks be given to God for their mission, zeal, and 
consecrated labors in planting the church in the early years; but along 
with them all others who have followed in their train, as noted in this 
volume. 

COMMITTEE ON HISTORICAL WORK 



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Contents 

Foreword v 

Synodical Historical Committee and Contributors vi 

SECTION ONE 

Preface vii 

Organizers of New Synods xii 

The Reverend Adolph Nussman 1 

The Reverend Johann Gottfried Arends 7 

SECTION TWO 

Life Sketches 13 

Introduction of the Fox Family 68 

Introduction of the Henkel Family 86 

Introduction of the Moser Family 147 

Introduction of the Scherer Family 182 

Introduction of the Stirewalt Family 205 

Picture of 1966 Ordinands 236 

SECTION THREE 

Negro Ministers (Alpha Synod) 237 

Japanese and Chinese Ministers . 239 

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SECTION ONE 



Organizers Of New Synods 



The following ministers who were members of the North Carolina Synod at the 
time, participated in the organization of Synods listed below: 

NORTH CAROLINA SYNOD— 1803 

Johann Gottfried Arends 
Paul Henkel 
Robert Johnson Miller 
Carl A. G. Storch 



TENNESSEE SYNOD-1820 

George Easterly 
David Henkel 
Paul Henkel 
Philip Henkel 
Adam Miller 
Jacob Zink 



SOUTH CAROLINA SYNOD-1824 

Godfrey Dreher— 1st Pres. 
John P. Franklow 
Samuel Herscher— 1st Sec. 
John Y. Meetze 
Jacob Moser 
Michael Rauch 



SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SYNOD-1842 HOLSTON SYNOD-1860-1861 



Elijah Hawkins 

Jacob Scherer 

J. J. Greever 

Gideon Scherer 

Two pastors from other synods 
joined in the organization. 



J. C. Barb 
A. J. Brown 
Jacob Cloninger 
James Fleenor 
J. B. Emmert 
J. K. Hancher 
J. M. Shaffer 
J. M. Wagner 



ALPHA SYNOD— 1889 

Nathan Clapp 
Samuel Holt 
D. J. Koontz 
W. P. Phifer 



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THE REVEREND ADOLPH NUSSMANN 
(July 1739-November 1794) 

Biography written by Ruth Blackwelder, a great-great-great-granddaughter 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

The Reverend Adolph Nussmann was no ordinary person. He was a man of tre- 
mendous faith, a scholar with theological insight, a Franciscan Christian with com- 
passion for his fellowmen. He was the Lutheran apostle to North Carolina and saw 
twenty congregations established on the "most distant border of the civilized world" 
during the American Revolution and Independence. 

Sixty families in Rowan and Mecklenburg counties issued the call for the first 
Lutheran preacher in North Carolina. This call was accepted by Adolph Nussmann 
in 1772. It was given in person by "delegates" Christopher Rintelmann from Organ 
Church in Rowan County and Christopher Layrle from St. John's Church in Mecklen- 
burg (Cabarrus) County. These commissioners went to London before going to Han- 
over—since clergymen and teachers to royal colonies had to have the official ap- 
proval of the English government. 

Adolph Nussmann, son of Joan Nussmann and Joanna Maria Hilleke, had been 
baptized July 12, 1739, in the Liebfrauen Catholic Church in Muenster, Westphalia. 
Shortly before he received the North Carolina call, he had been converted to the 
Lutheran faith from the Franciscan Order. He received instruction in Lutheran 
theology at Goettingen University, where he registered April 30, 1772, with a schol- 
arship from the Consistory in Hanover. 

Gabriel Wilhelm Goetten, founder of the Teacher's Seminary in Hanover, helped 
Nussmann to draw up careful and extensive plans for schools and libraries and other 
phases of pastoral ministry for the Lutheran Church in North Carolina. According 
to Dr. Johann Caspar Velthusen, the Consistoiy in Hanover believed that "there 
was perhaps no one better suited" to answer the North Carolina call than Nussmann; 
however Dr. Velthusen, the Lutheran Court pastor at London from 1770 to 1773, 
had "hesitations" about the young minister until the missionary-elect lived for three 
months in the Court pastor's home while awaiting a ship to Charlestown (Charles- 
ton), South Carolina. During that period Dr. Velthusen, a leading Lutheran theo- 
logian, became convinced of Nussmann's "sincerity and integrity." 

The young missionary preached at the German Court Chapel in London to the 
"general satisfaction" of its members, who "became very fond of him." In order to 
save the money which had been contributed in Hanover and in London for the 
Lutheran church in North Carolina, members of the Court Chapel gave young 
Nussmann his meals at their own tables during the months that he waited for a ship 
to Charlestown. Conscious of Nussmann's sacrificial nature, George III and Queen 
Charlotte made a special gift for his personal use. 

Arriving in America in 1773, when events were moving toward war with England, 
Nussmann found himself entirely on his own. He could get no further help from 
his London friends. Moreover, since the dynasty of George III had come to England 
from Hanover, he was cut off from the German support that he had expected. Dur- 
ing his first fourteen years in the new world, he sought and found "priestly fellow- 
ship" with the Rev. Frederick Daser of Charlestown. 



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Nussmann started his work in North Carolina more than a year before the First 
Continental Congress met and three years before Independence was declared. The 
fact that he had already learned to do his own thinking is evident by his giving up 
Catholicism for the Lutheran faith. Because he actively supported the American 
Patriots, he suffered physical torture from savage Tories. There were times when 
he had to hide to save his life. When conditions worsened in the southern states, 
he feared that he would have to give up his North Carolina mission. He maintained 
correspondence with Henry Melchior Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania, the patriarch of 
the Lutheran Church in America. Muhlenberg recorded in his diary that a letter 
from Pastor Adolph Nussmann revealed that he was "eager to serve the Lord— but 
does not know where— even if it were the end of the world." Muhlenberg further 
recorded that the Whigs in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia were "in a 
terrible manner" being "tortured and killed by the Britons, Tories, and Indians." 

But Pastor Nussmann did not give up his work in North Carolina. In a letter of 
May 4, 1784, addressed to the late Gabriel Wilhelm Goetten and later forwarded to 
Dr. Velthusen, Pastor Nussmann wrote: "To be sure several opportunities were 
offered, which would have improved my temporal conditions, but I considered it 
my duty to remain at my post, and not for temporal advantages to forsake a congre- 
gation that was indeed poor, but nevertheless was very anxious to have the Word of 
God proclaimed in their midst." 

Pastor Nussmann recognized himself as a Lutheran missionary on the "most distant 
border of the civilized world," with a parish of seven hundred square miles and at 
a time when horseback was the only means of travel. His first residence was in 
Rowan County, near Second Creek (Organ) Church. Some of his neighbors, adherents 
of the Lutheran faith and the German Reformed faith, became critical of Pastor 
Nussmann when they discovered that he had earlier been a Catholic. At the end of 
his first year, he decided to move to the Buffalo Creek area (St. John's Church, 
Cabarrus County), where he lived during the rest of his ministry. In 1775 when the 
need for a minister to help him became more compelling than the need for a teach- 
er, Gottfried Arends, who had come over as a schoolmaster with Nussmann in 1773, 
was ordained a Lutheran preacher. 

In 1774, Pastor Nussmann married Elizabeth Rintelmann, daughter of "Delegate" 
Christopher Rintelmann, who became the mother of his son Paul and his daughters, 
Margaret and Elizabeth. After this wife's early death, he married Barbara Layrle, 
daughter of "Delegate" Christopher Layrle, who became the mother of his sons, 
John and Daniel, and his daughters, Catherine and Barbara. One serious criticism 
of Pastor Nussmann was his near failure to provide financially for his own family 
while he was ministering to the spiritual needs of the Lutheran communities from 
the Catawba River to the Haw River. 

As soon as independence was won for the United States, Missionary Nussmann 
saw the potential of the Lutheran Church in the free southern states. In a letter to 
Dr. Velthusen dated May 11, 1786, Pastor Nussmann urgently requested that two 
new ministers be sent to North Carolina. He reported that so many families "long 
for a sermon." Dr. Velthusen and four associates, as the "Helmstaedt Enterprise" 
or missionary society, promised to help the North Carolina mission in every possible 
way. 

Pastor Nussmann undoubtedly described himself when, in listing the qualifications 
for new ministers to the "remote forests" of North Carolina, he said that ministers 
must have "determination, courage, and a genuine apostolic spirit." Most emphati- 
cally he asked for unmarried men, explaining that "an American wife in our circum- 
stances is infinitely better adapted" to frontier life. Dr. Velthusen did not identify 



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the author of the following personal letter of "a worthy German Evangelical preach- 
er in America," but in all probability it is one of Nussmann's letters. In part it reads: 

Whoever is inclined to worry and feel offended over unfavorable and stupid 
remarks had better not come to America; and whoever has not sufficient 
strength of character to undertake unpleasant tasks, which are inevitable, would 
likewise do well to stay far from here. On every hand there are obstacles to 
overcome, but wise is he who does not magnify them through impatience. I 
myself have always been happiest when I bore the burdens laid upon me calm- 
ly, seldom, if ever made any complaints, and always fulfilled my duties. . . . 
But whoever has a genuine zeal for religion and shows a noble attitude toward 
life will find friends and support also in this country. 

Within two years— even before George Washington was inaugurated President of 
the United States— five Lutheran clergymen were established in Piedmont North 
Carolina. The Helmstaedt Society was vigorously supporting its mission field. Pastor 
Nussmann lived on his 200 acre farm— his deed was granted Nov. 2, 1784— near 
St. John's Church in Mecklenburg County (later Cabarrus), was the pastor of three 
congregations, and had supervision of the entire North Carolina mission of some 
twenty congregations. Pastor Arends had four congregations west of the Catawba 
River. The Rev. Christian Eberhard Bernhardt had a parish 28 miles by 18 miles in 
the vicinity of Haw River and Alamance Creek. The Rev. Arnold Roschen had a 
parish 14 miles by 10 miles in the Abbotts Creek area, near the Moravian settlement 
at Salem, now in Forsyth and Davidson counties. The Rev. Carl August Gottlieb 
Storch had three congregations: St. John's in Salisbury, Organ Church, and Pine 
(Union) Church. 

Another of Pastor Nussmann's colleagues was the Rev. Robert Johnson Miller, 
who was ordained a Lutheran minister in St. John's Church (Cabarrus) on May 20, 
1794. He was an Anglican who ministered to the Lutherans west of the Catawba 
River, when Lutheran ministers were urgently needed and his own Episcopal Church 
had not been reorganized. 

Pastor Nussmann was a man of tremendous faith. In one of his reports he said: 
"In divinely appointed tasks often thick, heavy stones are lodged in the way, and 
as soon as one is certain that human strength cannot remove them, then they dis- 
appear by a higher power. I will at least place my trust in Him." 

Pastor Nussmann encouraged closer union among the Lutherans in Georgia, South 
Carolina, and North Carolina. His friendship with Frederick Daser of Charlestown 
during the Revolutionary War had shown him that there is strength in Christian 
fellowship. He instigated semi-annual "assemblies" for his North Carolina colleagues, 
and included the Rev. Mr. Stanger of Virginia. The Rev. Carl Gottlieb Storch, in 
reporting the first pastors' retreat to the Helmstaedt Society, said that Pastor Nuss- 
mann was elected chairman because he "continues to be for us all such an excellent 
model of patience, contentment, and undaunted and untiring zeal for service." 

Pastor Nussmann believed in catechetical instruction. He requested that the Helm- 
staedt professors prepare a North Carolina catechism "which would stand up under 
the severest tests" and would "serve as a safe guide for the children." He himself 
gave Dr. Velthusen an outline that he thought might be followed in preparing the 
catechism. 

Pastor Nussmann sponsored schools for which the Helmstaedt professors prepared 
and published eight textbooks for North Carolina. His largest school was at St. John's 
(Cabarrus) and had an enrollment of 72 children in 1783; a second school in his area 
had 36 pupils; and a third school, 20 pupils. Yet, according to Pastor Nussmann, 
these 128 children were not one-half of the membership of young people in his 
three congregations. Recognizing his achievements in education, the General As- 



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sembly of the State of North Carolina on December 29, 1785, named Pastor Nuss- 
mann as a member of the Board of Trustees which was commissioned to establish 
an academy in Salisbury. 

A learned man, Pastor Nussmann took definite steps toward establishing Lutheran 
libraries in North Carolina. He requested specific books that he himself needed and 
that he desired for the church libraries, and the Helmstaedt Society generously sup- 
plied them. Also, he asked for a printing press, which he said would be of great 
value to the Lutheran Mission. Observing that a congregation that sings together 
also works together, he urged— as one of his last requests— his sponsors to supply 
hymnals for the North Carolina congregations. 

A physical disorder which, according to tradition, started during the war when 
Tories tortured Pastor Nussmann with a lighted splinter— some said a hot iron rod- 
resulted in a cancer. Death came at the age of fifty-five to the first resident Luth- 
eran preacher in North Carolina. Pastor R. J. Miller wrote to the Rev. Charles Petti- 
grew, an Episcopal clergyman: "The situation of the Lutheran Clergy in this quarter, 
in my opinion, demands immediate attention. They have, since my last [letter] to 
you, lost their senior member, the Rev. A. Nussmann, a truly worthy, learned, and 
Godly man, although bred a Franciscan." 

Pastor Storch reported the North Carolina apostle's death to Dr. Velthusen, di- 
rector of the Helmstaedt Society: 

From one of my last letters you have seen the irreparable loss for us min- 
isters and for the congregations here of our unforgettable senior minister, Pastor 
Nussmann. He passed away November 3, 1794. A gangrenous ulcer of the 
breast which was apparently incurable tore him away all too soon from his 
family, his congregations, and from us— his colleagues. 

I was at his bedside and wondered with deep-felt emotion at the Christlike 
fortitude and the confident awaiting of a blessed immortality with which he 
viewed his transition to the better life. What this unusual man had been while 
in health, he remained during the most violent pain. At the approach of the 
last moments he was the personification of composure, devoutness, of unquiver- 
ing trust and of peacefulness. 

Pastor Roschen and I were at his burial. A multitude of people such as is 
seldom seen at such occasions, a solemn stillness, sighs and tears of many right- 
eous people while the casket was being lowered into the grave, were all telling 
evidences of the feeling of our great loss. The pulpits of the deceased have not 
yet been filled. However, the parishioners have hope to get a minister very soon. 

At the close of his twenty-two years of dedicated service as a mission pastor, there 
were more than twenty Lutheran congregations in the state. In genuine apostolic 
spirit, Pastor Nussmann left a constant cornerstone for the foundation of the Luth- 
eran Church in North Carolina. With courage and determination, he helped the 
German settlers to establish their homes and schools throughout the Piedmont area; 
with Christlike fortitude, he showed those pioneers how to live and how to die: 
"For, it is in dying— that we are born to eternal life."— St. Francis. 



Sources: The baptismal data and Goettingen data were secured through Bishop 
Hans Lilje of Hanover; the data concerning marriages, children, and farm from the 
official records of Rowan, Mecklenburg, and Cabarrus counties. 

This sketch is based upon reports and letters from the North Carolina pastors to 
the Helmstaedt Society. The originals are in the Harvard College Library, and the 
translations are given in The North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. VII (Ian. and 
April, 1930); and Vol. XX (1943). 

The Velthusen records of the North Carolina Mission were left with the German 
office in London when Dr. Velthusen resigned as Court pastor in 1773. All of the 
Hanoverian Court Papers were returned to Hanover when Queen Victoria became 
the English sovereign. 



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STATEMENT 

from the Baptism report of the catholic parochial church Liebfrauen in Minister 

(beloved woman— Mary) 

Year 1739, page 99, number 95 
All reports important for descent, which are stated in the said report, have to have 
been written down. It is however not allowed to trace back to other statements for 
filling in. 



Baptized one 


Name, Christian name, birthday, birthplace, day of 
baptism, etc. 

Adolphus Nusmann 

baptised July 12, 1739, in Liebfrauen 


Parents 


Name (maiden name of the mother), Christian names, 
profession, residence, etc. 

Joan Nusmann 
Joanna, Maria Hilleke 


Other statements, 
important for descent 


for instance— statements about the begetter of an 
illegitimate child, about sponsors, who can be rec- 
ognised as relatives of the baptized one. 

Adolphus Budde 

Maria Clara Borger, Fr. Ludorff 


Reports concerning 
wedding, ceremonial 
Profess or Subdiaconate 




Seal 


Place and date: Minister, the 30, 10. 50 



Beloved woman above water [October 30, 1950] 

Parochial Church, Minister, 

Westphalia Signed: A. Vahlkans, Minister. 

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Pastor Nussmanns chair, now in the possession of his great-great granddaughter, 
Mrs. Harry Foil of Mt. Pleasant. This chair was earlier preserved by the Pastors 
grandson, Solomon Nussmarm. 



Photographic copy of the inscription on the original headstone at the grave of the 
Rev Adolph mssmann, now stored in St. John Churchy near Concord. The photo- 
graph was secured by Prof. R. Brown McAllister, LL.D. 



THE REVEREND JOHANN GOTTFRIED ARENDS 
(December 1740-July 1807) 

Biography written by the Reverend George W. Shuford 
A direct descendant of Arends 

Johann Gottfried Arends (Americanized to John Godfrey Amdt; also other varia- 
tions) is one of the most important figures in the history of the Lutheran Church in 
North Carolina. He was the first president of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod, 
the first Lutheran ordained in the state, and the "father of the Lutheran Church be- 
yond the Catawba River." During his nearly thirty-two years of ministry he served 
in a pastoral capacity in all but about three of the twenty-five-odd Lutheran congre- 
gations then existing in North Carolina. He was the teacher who came with a pastor 
in a team from the German mother church in 1773 in response to the plea of the 
North Carolina Lutherans carried by a Rowan County deputation to Europe in 1771. 

Very little is presently known of this important early churchman and only ele- 
mentary research has been made in the few materials available. Some important 
information about his life and ministry is contained in his rudimentary journal and 
other reasonable assumptions can be made on the basis of data and documents found 
there and in other contemporary records. 1 

"A.D. 1740, December 11, I, Johann Gottfried Arends, was born into the world" 
is the opening entry in his journal begun on February 28, 1767 in the university 
city of Gottingen, his home in the Germany territory of Hanover which was gov- 
erned then by the same Elector George who reigned over Great Britain and the 
colonies as King George III. 

The Arends were among the minor land-holding free citizens of Gottingen whose 
associates were respected shop-owners. Johann Gottfried Arends evidently inherited 
the estate of either George Christoph Arends or Simon Christoph Arends, almost cer- 
tainly father and brother, but v/e do not know which was parent. George, who was 
"custodian" of the (manifestly Roman Catholic in a predominantly Protestant area) 
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sold some property to his brother Simon which 
would revert if there were no male heir. The custodianship, whether an honorific 
or active position, may also have passed to Johann Gottfried Arends, possibly about 
the time he opened his journal in 1767, when he may have been a student at the 
University. This information also makes it necessary to admit the possibility that the 
Arends family may have been Roman Catholic. 

Following this Gottingen period, Arends evidently studied further at the Hanover 
Teachers' Seminary fostered by Church Counselor Gabriel Wilhelm Goetten to help 
remedy some of the defects in the training of religious instructors of youth. Con- 
temporaries state that Arends attended both Gottingen University and the Hanover 
Seminary. 2 

1. Manuscript Journal in Archives of LCA North Carolina Synod, translation by Dietrich Lie- 
polz and transcription by Mrs. Margaret Bost under auspices of B. W. Cruse and so-called Helm- 
staedt Reports, translated by W. K. Boyd and Charles Krummel in N. C. Historical Review, Vol. 
VII, Nos. 1 and 2 (January and April, 1930). 

2. NC Historical Review, p. 144. See also for further information 1952 Thesis by Eberhard 
Pellens at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (based on researches in Germany). 



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On September 13, 1772, Arends departed from Gottingen "on command of the 
King" to be teacher of Lutherans in North Carolina, and at Hanover in October he 
received certification "in compliance with the desire of the Evangelical Lutheran 
congregation in North Carolina, namely, in Rowan County, to have a capable school 
teacher." In case he returned to Germany, he was guaranteed a position in keeping 
with his qualifications and experience. 

Although he was certified as teacher, it may well have been that he had theologi- 
cal training. It was quite common that aspirants in the church took teaching posts 
until a suitable clerical post opened up. In view of the King's endorsement and per- 
sonal cash contribution in response to the colonial request, the Hanover Consistory 
was probably quite careful in choosing Nussmann as pastor and Arends as teacher. 3 

Stormy North Sea weather and a leaky ship forced the pair back into port. Nuss- 
mann proceeded to England via Rotterdam to confer with authorities while Arends 
remained in Hamburg to follow later with their baggage and books. 

Sometime in 1773 they reached Rowan County via Charleston, and began their 
labors in the German Lutheran portion of the Lord's vineyard in North Carolina. 4 
The community of Organ Church was the center of their activities, Arends in the 
school and Nussmann evidently with supervision and pastoral care of all the Luth- 
eran communities in several county areas. 

After about a year, Nussmann moved to the present-day St. John's, Cabarrus area, 
to serve the Buffalo Creek settlement (which may not have participated in the 
Rowan petition for leadership). The reasons for the move are very uncertain, al- 
though there have been hints of various types of dissatisfactions and dissensions. 
The judgment made about a century later by G. D. Bernheim, father of North 
Carolina Lutheran church history, is that the move was made in order that more of 
the North Carolina field could be better served by the personnel available. 5 

To qualify him ecclesiastically, in August 1775, on the Eleventh Sunday after 
Trinity, Arends was "examined in the presence of several deacons" and ordained 
at the Second Creek (Organ) Church as pastor by Joachim Beulow, styled as "Mis- 
sionary and Inspector over South and North Carolina." 6 There have been questions 
raised about the regularity of the ordination, with good grounds. Ordination in 
accordance with any normal procedures was impossible. The Revolution had broken 
communication with Europe, and no apparatus existed in the area for performing 
such a solemn act. Ordination would normally have been done in Europe, possibly 
with tremendous consumption of time and resources, or by highly doubtfully obtain- 
able deputation here. The congregation evidently made considerable effort to secure 
some seeming regularity of ordination by someone with official title, even though 
there is no known documentation of the inspectorship. Indeed, it would seem that 
no church body existed which could have granted such authentication. 

However, it was the intent of the church as constituted in that place to institute 
a man qualified in their eyes in the office which bore their highest respect. All 



3. G. D. Bernheim and G. H. Cox, History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Ministerium 
of North Carolina, p. 15, quotes ordination certificate in translation. Colonial Records of N. C, 
Vol. VIII, pp. 630-632 gives endorsements and lists contributions in support of Rowan Lutheran 
petition contained there. 

4. NC Hist. Rev., pp. 123-145 gives account of journey. 

5. G. D. Bernheim, German Settlements and the Lutheran Church in the Carolinas, pp. 259- 
262. 

6. Bernheim & Cox, History, p. 16, translates the ordination certificate. Preceding p. 14 gives a 
different date. Neither the respective 28th or 22nd agrees with correct date of Trinity XI, which 
is August 27. 



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interested parties manifestly accepted the authenticity of the pastoral office of 
Arends: congregations, Nussmann and other Lutheran pastors in North Carolina, 
other churches, and the civil authorities. Arends himself, the person most concerned, 
certainly acquainted with ecclesiastical procedures, carried on his ministry as though 
no question of authenticity was involved, so far as is known. 

Since at least two churches, Union and Low's, record that Arends was pastor 
already in 1774, 7 it is probable that he was already conducting worship services 
nearly a year before ordination, although Arends' records show that he did not 
administer Communion or perform marriages until ordination. 

Arends' marriage register begins within a week of his ordination and he admin- 
istered their "first Communion" to a confirmation group in November. His confirma- 
tion records continue for sixteen years, showing a total of 885 such "first Com- 
munions." Although part of the record has been lost, the extant listing includes 577 
names, in 27 groups, in at least fourteen separately identifiable locations. Although 
we have no clue as to how Arends conducted instruction, it is probable that his 
procedure and requirements paralleled those of Roschen, who came from Germany 
about fifteen years later: a group was taught for several days each week for about 
six weeks, with pupils sometimes including young men already heads of families 
and young mothers with babies at the breast. 8 

We have no record of worship services Arends conducted, nor funerals, baptisms, 
regular communions, or other activities. During the one year for which a record 
exists, he performed 41 marriages. We have no positive record of salary, but there 
is some evidence that about 100 pounds per year (English) was about average for 
North Carolina Lutherans. Honoraria of one to two dollars were customarily given 
for baptisms, marriages, confirmations, and funerals, approximately equalling his 
salary. 

Arends' ministry soon included the congregations of the Rowan home parish area, 
the present Lexington area, the Lutheran settlements near the Salem Moravians, 
the Guilford- Alamance-Orange area, and the Catawba-Lincoln-Gaston area. There 
is a strong possibility of cooperative arrangement with Nussmann in serving in 
North Carolina. We have no record of Arends' pastoral activities in Nussmann's 
Cabarrus-Mecklenburg parish area. 

One of the chief labors of Arends was as "father of the Lutheran church beyond 
the Catawba river," where he began work certainly no later than early 1776. In 
that June he conducted a first communion in the present Lincoln County area. 

On October 24, 1776, Hannah Rudisill (Rutenseell) of eastern Lincoln County and 
Johann Gottfried Arends were married. 8a She was eighteen at the time, he nearly 
thirty-five. He had been in North Carolina three years and a pastor for one year. 
During the next twenty-three years of the thirty remaining of Arends' life, eight 
children were added to the home. 9 Hannah survived her husband twenty-four years, 
dying in 1831 at the age of seventy-three. 10 

For nine years Arends' pastorate was based in Rowan. His pastoral journeys 
ranged both sixty miles westward and northeastward. In making the rounds of the 

7. History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina, companion volume of this, in congrega- 
tional section. 

8. NC Hist. Rev., pp. 243-260 passim, quotes Roschen letters covering this and other material. 
8a. Journal, where primary position is given to show importance. 

9. William L. Sherrill, Annals of Lincoln County, N. C, p. 71 lists the children. The list is 
given near end of this article. 

10. Gravestones of Johann Gottfried Arends and his wife Hannah are located and preserved in 
cemetery at Emmanuel Church, Lincolnton, N. C. 



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congregations, he must have established a local base of operations at the home of 
some leading parishioner in each area and availed himself of the hospitality of many 
members for food and shelter for himself and his horse. 

It is now possible to romanticize the role of a "circuit rider," but to the early 
minister it meant a probable minimum of two or three days in the saddle each 
week, in all weathers, fording many streams, without maps or signposts, and infre- 
quent public accommodations. Some church buildings existed, used jointly by all 
the Germans and other church groups, but homes were certainly often used for 
worship services. Worship and catechetical materials were scarce and expensive. 

After a return to more normal conditions following the Revolution, with the 
re-establishment of communication with the German homeland and the possibility 
of bringing in additional pastors, Arends accepted the call of the Catawba area 
congregations to be their resident pastor and moved to the present Lincoln County. 
In 1785 his journal records "John Arends at the South Fork." He acquired a planta- 
tion about one mile from his wife's father, Michael Rudisill, on Leeper's Creek, a 
tributary about halfway between the Catawba river proper and its chief South Fork. 
His move did not end his ministerial work in the Rowan and further east congrega- 
tions, as he continued to visit for at least four years and conducted confirmations. 

During the years for which we have records, Arends was conducting confirmation 
classes about three (sometimes four) times a year, with membership averaging about 
twenty (twelve girls and eight boys). He was conducting worship at least once each 
Sunday and major festival (at least twice confirming on Ascension), performing a 
wedding ceremony about every ten days, baptisms at about the rate of five or six 
a week, and funerals probably about once or twice a week. 

Another activity may have been as a practical physician, in common with many 
ministers of that day. His records include directions for administering a German 
medication and diet instructions. He also distributed books supplied from Germany. 
In addition, the financially independent Arends must have served as informal banker 
for much of the German population, evidently using funds from the settlement of 
his Germany property holdings about the end of the Revolution. His journal records 
about 150 financial transactions of this nature, with repayment often taking as long 
as five years. Only two instances of interest charges are given, one for a total 4% 
in four years and another for 6^3% for an unknown period, so that his financial 
operations were probably a non-profit service he rendered. 

His extant journal ends with 1791. We do not know whether this was due to 
diminishing vigor, missing records, increasing age, or increasing time spent in caring 
for his family and farming operations. We have no dating for the onset of the ail- 
ment which resulted in his eventual blindness by 1803. 11 During some of his later 
ministry, his third child, Elizabeth, born in 1783, accompanied him in his pastoral 
work, reading for him as necessary for worship services, using a hymnal reportedly 
still existing. 12 

About 1790, when pastoral personnel were more numerous, for several years 
there were meetings of the Lutheran ministers in North Carolina for their mutual 
benefit, with their "senior" Nussmann heading the group and Arends evidently 

11. G. D. Bernheim in "Historical Sketches" in Southern Lutheran (predecessor of later books) 
citing 1806 report of Paul Henkel (Nov. 9, 1861), and 1803 letter of Storch (Sept. 18, 1803). 
Collected at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S. C. 

12. Lineal descendant Miss Pauline Waters of Petersburg, Va., is reported owner. Her uncle 
Mr. T. B. Smith of Denton, N. C, has collected some materials. Tradition is cited in home area 
of writer by his mother, Mrs. Beulah Shuford, and resident of Arndt home farm, Mrs. Frances 
Mullen, all descendants of Arends. 



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secretary. After a lapse of several years, in response to the rising demands of the 
conditions in North Carolina, Storch suggested and Paul Henkel supported the 
movement which resulted in the organization in 1803 of the North Carolina Luth- 
eran Synod. The worn sixty-two year old, blind Arends was chosen as president. 

On July 9, 1807, the pioneering Arends died and was buried at the present-day 
Emmanuel Church in Lincolnton. 13 

Contemporary accounts attest that Arends was much loved by the people, ac- 
quainted with and able to enter into the circumstances and conditions of their lives 
in direct realistic fashion. At the same time, the dignity of the pastoral office was 
fully maintained, even though with less formality than the homeland "Herr Pastor" 
image allowed. 14 

There is an apparent total void of materials to indicate Arends' theological posi- 
tion and the manner and content of his services. 

He certainly dressed in the durable rather plain clothing which circumstances 
demanded under pioneer conditions; but as might be expected of a plantation owner 
of substance, Arends seems to have been rather particular in his dress and manner 
and acquired a slight reputation as being Chesterfieldian. He always wore gloves. 15 

There were eight Arends children: Catherine, born in 1778, married Solomon 
Hoover; John, 1780, Susan Bisaner; Elizabeth, 1783, David Smith; Hannah, 1786, 
Lewis Hafer; Susan, 1789, John Sadler; Jacob, 1791, Jane Rutledge; Frederick, 1794, 
Holly Robinson; and Mary, 1799, Henry Cansler. 16 

It is uncertain how many congregations Arends served during his ministry, since 
records are incomplete, and some groups may have disappeared without a trace. 
An earlier, almost certainly incomplete listing gave twenty congregations served by 
him, nearly all now members of the North Carolina LCA Synod. 17 Two others, 
Pilgrim and Shiloh, are added in the appended listing on the basis of confirmation 
records. 18 



Organ Rowan County 1775-1785 

St. John's Salisbury 1775-1785 

Union Rowan County 1774-1785 

Low's Guilford County 1774-1789 

Beck's Davidson County 1775-1785 

Pilgrim Davidson County ca. 1778 

Shiloh Forsyth County ca. 1777 

Friedens Guilford County 1775-1785 

St. Paul's Alamance County 1775-1789 

Lutheran Chapel China Grove 1780-1789 

Philadelphia Gaston County 1785-1807 

Daniel's Lincoln County 1785-1807 

Emmanuel Lincolnton 1785-1807 

Grace Catawba County 1797-1807 



13. Lincolnton, N. C. gravestone. See Note 10. 

14. See note 8. Also other material in NC Hist. Rev. 

15. Sherrill, Annals, pp. 70-71, quoting p. 11 of Address by George H. Cox in 1923 to Luth- 
eran Synod Convention, "The Beginnings of the Lutheran Church in N. C." 

16. Sherrill, Annals, p. 71. 

17. See note 7. 

18. On several occasions Arends conducted "first Communions" in the same parish within a 
two or three month period, without identifying congregations of the parish by name. Descriptions 
in the NC Hist. Rev. attest to several congregations in delineated parishes. 



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Nazareth 

St. Luke's (Ore Bank) (V/ 2 miles from home) 

St. Paul's (ALC) 

St. John's (LC-Mo. Syn.) 

Salem 

Bethel 

St. Mark's 

Zion 



Rural Hall 1787-1788 

Lincoln County 1785-1807 

Catawba County 1785-1807 

Catawba County ca. 1790 

Lincoln County 1785-1807 

Gaston County 1790-1807 

Gaston County 1791-1803 

Catawba County 1790-1807 



SECTION TWO 



Life Sketches 

ADDERHOLDT, CLARENCE CECIL, born May 10, 1919, at Hudson, Caldwell 
Co. Parents: Daniel Emmanuel and Alice (Brown) Adderholdt. Educated: Two years 
Mars Hill Coll., Appalachian State Teachers Coll., B.S. 1942; Gettysburg Sem., 
B.D. 1949; graduate study Univ. N. C, Duke Univ. Married Youthalene Nifong at 
Thomasville, June 14, 1952. Children: Miriam Renee, Mark Pierre. Ordained by 
N. C. Synod, 1949. Churches served: Lebanon-Silver Valley, Davidson Co.; Amity- 
Lebanon, Rowan Co.; St. David, Kannapolis; Messiah, Salisbury. Transferred to 
Southeastern Synod, 1963. Pastor to Lutheran students, Duke Univ., 5 mos., 1950. 
U. S. Air Force chaplain, 1951-53. 1965: Holy Trinity, Springfield, Ga. 

ADERHOLDT, OSCAR WREY, born July 15, 
1883, in Gaston Co. Parents: John A. F. and Barbara 
(Crouse) Aderholdt. Educated: Lenior Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1905; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1909; Biblical Sem.; 
Midland Coll., D.D. 1934. Married Genolia Ethel 
Powlas at Barber, 1909. Children: Virginia Dare, John 
Paul, Oscar Wrey, Jr., Dorothy Ethel, Charles Ber- 
nard, Daniel Franklin. Ordained 1909 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served in N. C: Salem-Grace, Row- 
an Co.; St. Mark-Bethel-Bethphage, Lincoln and 
Gaston Cos.-St. Paul, Crouse; St. John, Statesville; 
and 18 years, 1936 to 1954 Organ, Rowan Co.; also 
churches in Va., Pa., N. J. and Kan. Retired at Salis- 
bury, 1954. Chaplain, Passavant Hosp., Chicago, 
1907-08. Organized and built two mission churches 
in Va. and N. C. Died March 7, 1955, on Ship "Liberte" at sea while returning from 
visit to a son in Germany; buried March 12, 1955, at St. Mark, Crouse. 

AGNER, TERRY W., born April 3, 1932, in Guilford Co. Parents: Roy Augusta 
and Elsie (Watson) Agner. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; Gettysburg 
Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Janice Clodfelter at Troutman, Aug. 26, 1959. Ordained 
1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Organized Our Redeemer, Greenville, 1960; 
St. John, Asst. pastor, Salisbury; St. Mark, China Grove, 1963—. 

ALDRICH, NICODEMUS (NATHAN), born Jan. 14, 1816, in Charleston, S. C. 
Parents: Robert and Ann H. (Lebby) Aldrich. Educated: Theological studies under 
Dr. Barnwell of the Episcopal Church. Married Elizabeth Stroebel in Charleston. 
Children: two sons. Licensed 1840 by Dr. John Bachman and ordained 1841 by 
S. C. Synod. Churches served: in Ga. and S. C: 1841-59; in N. C: St. John, Salis- 
bury, 1865-67; St. Mark, Charlotte, 1865-74; in 111.: 1874-77; again in N. C, St. 
Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1880. President, N. C. Synod 1867; secretary, 1868. 
President, Organizing Convention, Gen. Synod South, 1863. Co-editor, The Southern 
Lutheran. Died 1886, buried at Charlotte. 




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ALKSNIS, TALLY, born July 19, 1927, at Riga, Latvia, and was a refugee after 
World War II, living in Charlotte. Parents: John and Elza (Upenieks) Alksnis. Edu- 
cated: Univ. of Erlangen, Germany, 1946-49; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953, also grad- 
uate study. Married Irene Kazaks of Riga, Latvia, at Charlotte, Jan. 29, 1950. Daugh- 
ter: Ingrid, 1955. Ordained by N. C. Synod, 1953, and transferred to S. C. Synod. 
1965: Emmanuel, Memominee, Mich. 

ALLRAN, WAYNE SULLIVAN, born Jan. 27, 1932, at Cherryville. Parents: How- 
ard W. and Dorothy (Sullivan) Allran. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Barbara Ada Ritchie, daughter of the Rev. C. 
Ross Ritchie, Nov. 17, 1961. Churches served: Christ, East Spencer; First (assoc.), 
Greensboro. Transferred to Fla. Synod, 1961. 1965: St. Timothy, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 

ANTHONY, JACOB BROWN, born Oct. 30, 1808, and baptized about 1814 or 
1815 by the Rev. Robert J. Miller. Married Martha Hardaway Mitchell, Jan. 31, 
1836. Children: Emory Morris, Mary Agnes, William Dawson, Catherine Susan, 
Thomas Theophilus, Martha Roxana, Octavia Elizabeth, Jacob Bachman. Later mar- 
ried Nancy Nunamaker, Dec. 17, 1876. No children. Ordained by Methodist Church, 
1832. Received by N. C. Synod, 1844. Churches served in N. C. in two periods: 
(1845-49) Union, Rowan Co.; Becks-Pilgrim, Davidson Co.; St. Paul, Iredell Co.; 
(1860-82) New Bethel, Stanly Co.; St. John, Cabarrus Co.; St. Michael, Troutman; 
St. Paul again, Iredell Co.; in S. C, 1849-58. But according to Bernheim's history, 
served in Pa., presumably from 1867 to 1877. Served several terms both as secretary 
and president of both N. C. and S. C. Synods. Died Nov. 20, 1886; buried at Mt. 
Pleasant. 

ARCHER, FREDERICK MELBOURNE, born Oct. 13, 1938, in Rowan Co. Par- 
ents: Fred Marvin and Margaret Pauline (Upright) Archer. Educated: Catawba Coll.. 
A.B. 1961; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Alice Marie Gragg, Fletcher, Marc' 
1, 1964. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke, Catawba Co., 
1964-. 

AREY, BENJAMIN, born May 3, 1810, in Rowan Co., of German ancestry, by 
way of Scotland, Wales, and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. His grandfather, Abram, 
settled in Rowan Co. several years before the War of Independence. Parents: Peter 
and Phoebe (Thomas) Arey. Educated: Graduate of Gettysburg Coll. Married Martha 
P. Raynor at Philadelphia, Pa. Children: Theophilus and Charles M. (both died Sept. 
17, 1862, in battle at Antietam, Md.), Luther M. (died of war wounds, 1870), Har- 
riett N., Edwin E., Alice M., Benjamin E., Mary Jane, Laura, Ellen E., William H. 
Licensed 1836 and ordained 1838 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Becks-Pilgrim- 
St. Luke, Davidson Co.; New Bethel, Stanly Co.; St. Michael, Troutman; St. Mat- 
thew and St. Paul, Rowan Co.; St. Matthew, Davie Co.; St. Paul, Iredell Co.; and 
Beth Eden, Newton. No record of pastoral service, 1853-82. Synod president, 1849. 
Died Feb. 12, 1882; buried at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Iredell Co. A sister 
became the second wife of the Rev. Samuel Rothrock. 

ARNDT, JAMES ALLEN, a great-grandson of the Lutheran pioneer pastor in 
N. C, the Rev. John Gottfried Arends, born April 29, 1871, at Newton. Parents: 
John M. and Malinda (Huit) Arndt. Educated: Concordia Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1892; Chicago Sem., 1895. Married Rosabelle Reinhardt at Iron Station, June 



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18, 1902. No children. Licensed 1895 and ordained 1898 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: New Jerusalem, Davidson Co.; Emmanuel, Lincolnton; St. Luke, Iron Sta- 
tion; Salem, Lincoln Co. Transferred to S. W. Va. Synod, 1903. Returned to Tenn. 
Synod, 1906, and served Mt. Calvary, Claremont; St. James-Ebenezer, Newton, until 
his death. Died June 30, 1909, in his 39th year; buried at St. James Church, Newton. 
An obituary says: "Rev. J. Allen Arndt was a very promising young Lutheran min- 
ister and died young." 

ARTZ, WILLIAM A., born June 1, 1804, in Maryland. Educated: Graduated from 
Gettysburg Sem., 1829. Twice married, first to Sarah Troxler of the then Orange Co., 
Oct. 10, 1829. Children: Emely, Sarah A., William P., George, John D., Susan, 
Frances. Second marriage to Susan Carriker of Cabarrus Co. Children: Ann E., 
James, Tom, Daniel E. Licensed 1830 and ordained 1831 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Friedens, Cobles, and Lows, Guilford Co.; Richland, Randolph Co.; and 
St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1830-52/54; also in Rowan Co.: Union, Lutheran Chapel, 
St. Matthew, and Organ. Ill health at times interrupted his labors. Not active after 
1867. Served seven one-year terms as president of N. C. Synod, 1836-59, secretary, 
1832-34, and treasurer, 1835. Member of original board of trustees, N. C. Coll., 
1859. Died April 19, 1876; buried at St. John Church, Cabarrus Co. 

ASHBY, MARTIN ALEXANDER, born Oct. 10, 1868, at Culpepper, Va. Parents: 
John A. and Nannie Virginia (Roudabush) Ashby. Educated: Univ. Richmond A.B. 
1892, D.D. 1936; seminary not known, 1895; Univ. Va., A.M. 1898; Univ. Chicago 
Ph.D. 1901. Married Ida Rebecca Pence, Broadway, Va., June 1, 1893. Children: 
Wilma Grant, Paul Revere. Ordained 1895 by Jt. Synod of Ohio. Churches served: 
In Va., and Chicago, 111.; Shenandoah, Va., 1901-20 with 6 mos. in 1912 at Holy 
Trinity-Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia-Grace, Bessemer City; Toms Brook, Va., 1920-22; 
Boonsboro, Md., 1922-44. Retired 1944 at Shenandoah, Va. President, Va. Conf., 
Tenn. Synod. Delegate, Tenn. Synod, to merger convention, ULCA, 1918. Died 
Oct. 5, 1956; buried at Boonsboro, Md. 

AULL, WILLIAM BOWMAN, born March 19, 
1870, at Pomaria, S. C. Parents: J. L. and Julia (Hal- 
tiwanger) Aull. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1897; 
Southern Sem., 1901; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1904; Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1954. Married Mabel Deal, 
Landis, sister of the Rev. J. F. Deal, May 19, 1909. 
Children: Sara, Eileen, Margaret, Mabel, Helen, 
Rowena, William, Arthur. Ordained 1901 by Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1901-3; in S. C., 
1904-7, 1910-13, and at Walhalla, 1915-39, serving 
St. John some years and later as postmaster. In N. C: 
St. Mark, China Grove, 1907-10; Silver Valley, Dav- 
idson Co., 1942-43; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1950 to 
death. Retired 1939 at Landis, and supplied for vary- 
ing periods as many as 20 churches in Rowan and 
adjacent counties, until assuming pastorate at St. Paul. Secretary, S. C. Synod, 1912- 
18. Author of booklet "Thinking in Theology." Special interest in home missions 
evidenced by several large gifts and a bequest to the Brotherhood Loan and Gift 
Fund for missions in N. C. Synod. Died April 12, 1957; buried at China Grove. 




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BALLENTINE, J. LUTHER, born August 1, 1916, at Lingle, Miss. Parents: The 
Rev. Arthur W. and Anna Elizabeth (Derrick) Ballentine. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1937; Southern Sem., B.D. 1940; graduate study, Chicago Sem. Married Frances 
Lou Dickson, Columbia, S. C, June 11, 1941. Children: Carol Evelyn, Anne Dickson, 
Frances Roberta. Licensed 1940 and ordained 1941 by Va. Synod. Churches served: 
In Va. and S. C, 1940-51; in N. C: Redeemer, Kannapolis, 1951-58. Transferred to 
S. C. Synod, 1958. 1965: Trinity, Elloree, S. C. 



BAME, RICHARD LOUIS, born March 28, 1862, in Rowan Co. Parents: Edward 
and Margaret L. (Brown) Bame. Educated: N. C. Coll. Married Alda C. Still, Cabar- 
rus Co., Sept. 20, 1894. Children: Elmer A., Mary E., Bertha L. Ordained 1893 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: In 111., 1894-97; in N. C: Bethany, Davidson Co., 
Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1897-99. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1899. Later joined 
Episcopal Church. Died August 20, 1915; buried at Little Rock, Ark. 

BARB, J. C, born Dec. 16, 1832, in McMinn Co., Tenn. Educated: Largely self- 
taught; received D.D. while serving in Ind. Married (first) Hanna A. McDonald, June 
17, 1862. Children: Four daughters, two sons, one of them the Rev. Ernest Barb, 
pastor in Joint Synod of Ohio; married (second) Frankie E. Moser, Monroe Co., 
Tenn., Jan. 15, 1896. Ordained 1859 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In Holston 
Synod, including Canev Branch parish in Va., at time of death; Whitestown, Ind., 
1883-95. An organizer of Holston Synod, several times its president. Also, taught in 
Hiwasse Coll., Wesleyan Inst., and Mosheim Inst., in Tenn. Died Jan. 23, 1900; 
buried at Mosheim, Tenn. 

BARGER, GLENN LEROY, born May 26, 1905, at Faith. Parents: Charles Jacob 
and Carrie Roxie (Kluttz) Barger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1929; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1932; graduate study Hamma Div. Sch., 1949. Married Mary Ethel 
Fisher, Cabarrus Co., Oct. 10, 1933. Children: Charles Glenn, Mary Ann, John 
Michael and Jacob Leroy (twins) died day after birth. Ordained 1932 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Trinity-St. Enoch, Concord, 1932-37, Trinity only, 1937-40; Cal- 
vary, Concord, 1949-50; St. Stephen, Hickory, 1954-56; St. Andrew, New Bern, 
1956-58; Friedens, Guilford Co., 1959-64. Also, in S. C. 1940-42, and in Ind. 1947- 
49. U. S. Navy chaplain in World War II, 1943-47, and Korean Conflict, 1950-54. 
While at Camp Lejeune assisted in developing Jacksonville mission, Our Saviour, 
1952-54. Transferred to Fla. Synod, 1964. 1965: Trinity, New Smyrna, Fla. 




BAME, PAUL JONAS, born Sept. 20, 1883, in 
Rowan Co. Parents: Samuel and Laura Jane (Good- 
man) Bame. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1910; 
Southern Sem., 1913, B.D. 1927. Married Vallie F. 
Barnhardt, Charlotte, May 14, 1913. Children: Char- 
lotte Berlyn (married the Rev. George W. Lingle), 
Laura Elizabeth, Eugenia Rodelle, Martha Conrad 
(married the Rev. B. Paul Huddle). Ordained 1913 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Augusta, Ga., 
1913-17; in N. C, 1917-28: First, Lexington; St. An- 
drew, Hickory; in Va., 1928-59. Sometime member 
Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Retired 1959, at Faith, 
N. C. Died April 23, 1960; buried in Rowan Memo- 
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BARRIER, JACOB W., born in Sept. 1840, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: David and 
Sophia (Bost) Barrier. Educated: N. C. Coll.; studied theology under other ministers. 
Married Laura N. Brown, Rowan Co., April 28, 1864, while on furlough from war. 
Daughter: Mary Ida. Licensed 1866 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Trinity-St. 
Enoch, Concord, 1866-67, less than a year. Died July 20, 1867, from typhoid fever; 
buried in St. John Cemetery, Cabarrus Co. Enlisted in Confederate States Army 
1861, rose to rank of Second Lieut., was wounded, and captured in April, 1865. 

BARRINGER, BENJAMIN ALFRED, born Nov. 8, 1892, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: 
Marshall Otho and Alice Annette (Cook) Barringer. Educated: M.P.C.I., Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1918; Southern Sem., 1922, B.D. 1927; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1922. Married 
Lorena Smith Arndt, a descendant of the Rev. John Gottfried Arends, Claremont, 
June 18, 1925. Children: Benjamin Alfred, Jr., Paul Arndt, George Herbert, Joseph 
Allen, Jackson Lee. Licensed 1918 by Va. Synod; ordained 1922 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Grace-Richland-Melanchthon, Liberty, 1922-27; in Va., 1927-31. 
Leaving active ministry, a teacher and principal in N. C. public schools, 1931-1959. 
Lieut, of Infantry, U. S. Army in World War I. Conducted Sunday school and 
church services on own volition in home in Havelock, New Bern, and Jacksonville, 
before missions were begun. Died Dec. 2, 1959; buried at Jacksonville. 

BARRINGER, HUGH PERRY, born April 14, 1905, at Somerset, Ky. Parents: 
Perry L. and Lena (Rudisill) Barringer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1926; 
Southern Sem., 1932; American Bible Coll., Th.D. 1947. Married Edna Coogler, 
Irmo, S. C, June 29, 1932. Sons: Hubert Paul, Larry Edward. Ordained 1932 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethel-Bethpage-St. Mark-St. Paul, Gaston and Lin- 
coln Cos.; St. Paul, Rowan Co.; Grace, Bessemer City. Died March 6, 1956, while 
active at Grace; buried in Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia. 

BARRINGER, JOHN DANIEL, born April 7, 1915, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: D. L. 
and Mamie (Rowland) Barringer. Educated: Pfeiffer Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1937; Southern Sem., B.D. 1940. Married Evelyn E. McLemore, Columbia, 
S. C, Dec. 6, 1940. Children: Elaine Elizabeth, Martha Sue, Sheila Ann. Ordained 
1940 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Zion, Catawba Co., 1940-42; Grace, Hender- 
sonville, 1946-48. U. S. Army chaplain in World War II, 1942-46; since 1948, U. S. 
Air Force chaplain. Transferred to Southeastern Synod 1963. 

BAUMGARTNER, HUGH E., JR., born July 12, 1921, at Brunswick, Ga. Parents: 
Hugh E. and Thelma (Conyers) Baumgartner. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 

1944, coll. and sem. courses in wartime accelerated program; Southern Sem., B.D. 

1945. Married Frances Wisdom, Elberton, Ga., Nov. 6, 1946. Children: William Ed- 
ward, Patricia Lee, Andrew Conrad, Paul Wisdom, Carla Frances. Ordained 1945 by 
Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In Ga. and Ala., 1945-59; in N. C, Mt. Olive, 
Hickory, 1959-1965; St. Paul, Savannah, Ga., 1965-. Served on Boards of Southern 
Sem., and Newberry Coll. 

BAYNE, JAMES DEOULIA, born May 30, 1925, in Henderson Co. Parents: Co- 
lumbus and Carrie Viola (McDowell) Bayne. Educated: Brevard Coll., Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., B.A. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Faith Katherine Auvil, at Bre- 
vard, Dec. 19, 1947. Children: Cynthia Diana, Clara Denise, James Nicholas, Philip 
Michael. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethany-Holy Com- 



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munion, Watauga Co., 1959-61. Transferred 1961 to S. C. Synod. 1965: Good Shep- 
herd, Walterboro, S. C. 

BEAM, KEITH JUNIOUS, born Sept. 28, 1926, in Lincoln Co. Parents: J. Ray and 
Mae (Sorrels) Beam. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1952. Married Alpha Jane Hamilton, Spartanburg, S. C, Aug. 30, 1948. Children: 
Jonathan Mark, Noel Alisane. Ordained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Friedens, Guilford Co.; Good Shepherd, Brevard, to 1957. Transferred to S. C. 
Synod 1957. Now U. S. Army chaplain. 

BEARD, ROBERT QUINCY, born Dec. 7, 1929, in Iredell Co. Parents: Robert 
Ezeakial and Nola (Hoover) Beard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Carrie Stewart, Statesville, Aug. 12, 1950. Children: 
Kathryn Ann, Janet Lynne, Mary Faith. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Grace, Liberty; Faith, Conover; St. Paul, Newton (Startown). 

BEARDEN, GEORGE STEELE, born Feb. 29, 1868, in S. C. Parents: George W. 
and Ellen A. (Steele) Bearden. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1893; Southern Sem., 
1895. Married Sarah Catherine Luther, Prosperity, S. C., Nov. 6, 1895. Daughter: 
Elizabeth Steele. Ordained 1895 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1895- 
1904, 1917-21; in N. C, 1905-09: Augsburg, Winston-Salem, and St. Matthew, Wil- 
mington; in Va., 1922-25. Published "A Study of the Lord's Prayer", and a novel. 
Died Dec. 5, 1928; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, S. C. 

BEATTY, HAROLD ELMER, born in 1880 in Rowan Co. Parents: John F. and 
Martha (Barrier) Beatty. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1907, A.M. 1919; Southern 
Sem., 1910. Married Catherine von Ohsen, Orangeburg, S. C, 1917. Children: Helen 
C, Harold E., Jr., Barbara, Louis B., John V. Ordained 1910 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1910-13; in S. C, 1913-22; in Va., 1922- 
27; Georgetown Lutheran Church, Washington, D. C, 1927-56, pastor emeritus, 
1957-. 

BEATTY, PAUL BARRIER, JR., born Nov. 17, 1931, in Rowan Co. Parents: Paul 
Barrier and Wilkie Lenora (Patterson) Beatty. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1953; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Elma Jean Peister, Newberry, S. C, Sept. 
9, 1962. Son: John Christian. Ordained 1957 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
(Asst.), Luther Place Memorial, Washington, D. C, 1957-59; St. Paul, Hamlet, 1959- 
63. Called to mission service in British Guiana by LCA Board of World Miss., 1963. 
Two of his sisters married the Revs. George C. Kahl, Chaplain, and Carroll L. Rob- 
inson, respectively. 

BEAVER, ERVIN TAYLOR, born March 20, 1910, at Concord. Parents: Taylor 
Reese and Betty (Collette) Beaver. Educated: M.P.C.I., Newberry Coll. (one year), 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1935; Southern Sem., 1938. Married Iris Chewning, Mul- 
lins, S. C, May 24, 1938. Children: Michael Ervin, David Pritchard. Ordained 1938 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; under Board of American Miss., 
in Pa., N. J., Wise, N. Y. City, and Md.; also in Fla., and Miss. 1965: St. Matthew, 
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BECK, ALFRED RILEY, born Feb. 17, 1867, in 
Davidson Co. Parents: William Austin and Elizabeth 
(Hedrick) Beck. Educated: Concordia Coll., Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1892, D.D. 1926, studying theology 
there also; later, one year each at Chicago and Phila- 
delphia Sems. Married Carrie Belle Leonard, David- 
son Co., Dec. 28, 1893. Children: Twin sons died in 
infancy; Waldo McRae. Ordained 1892 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1892-93, 1904-11, 
1919-21; Bethel and three missions, Manassas, St. 
Mary and Solomons, Mt. Jackson (on leave 10 mos. 
to study at Chicago Sem., and serve St. James, Chi- 
cago, 111.); St. Peter-St. James-St. Paul-St. Luke, Page 
Co.; in S. C, 1896-1903; St. Peter-St. John, Lexing- 
ton Co.; in N. C, 1893-96, 1903-04, 1911-19, 1921- 




44; Holly Grove-Pilgrim-Becks-New Jerusalem, Davidson Co.; First, Albemarle; 
Holy Communion-Philadelphia-Antioch-St. Paul, Gaston Co.; St. John, Statesville; 
St. Timothy, Catawba Co., and Beth Eden, Newton. Retired 1944 at Newton, later 
at Lowman Home. President, Tenn. Synod, three one-year terms, and secretary, one 
year. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., Southern Sem., and Lowman Home. 
Editor, The Catawba Lutheran, 1915-23; editor, The North Carolina Lutheran, 1923- 
37. Member, Ways and Means Comm., for Organizing of ULCA, 1918. Died Dec. 17, 
1954; buried at Holly Grove Church, Davidson Co. 



BECK, HAROLD GENE, bom May 7, 1937, at Charleston, W. Va. Parents: Liston 
Calvin and Fanny Ethyl Beck, Sr. Educated: Guilford Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married May Frances Jantzen, Charleston, 
S. C, Aug. 11, 1963. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Student as- 
sistant and intern, Reformation, Columbia, S. C, 1962-64; Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 
1964-. 



BELL, CHARLES KRAUTH, born Dec. 
11, 1870, at Smithsburg, Md. Parents: The 
Rev. Lewis Jacobs and Charlotte A. (Mal- 
bourg) Bell. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., 
A.B. 1895, A.M. in course; Gettysburg Sem., 
1898; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1915. Mar- 
ried Alice Virginia Fox, Salem, Va., daugh- 
ter of the Rev. L. A. Fox, Jan. 31, 1900. No 
children. Licensed 1897 and ordained 1898 
by Md. Synod. Churches served: College 
Church, Salem, Va., 1898-1905; in N. C: 
St. Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 
1905-19. Professor of Practical Theology, 
Southern Sem., 1919-46, then supply teach- 
ing to March 1948. Retired 1948, at Smiths- 
burg, Md. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1906-08; 
president, 1914-16. Member, Board of Home 
Missions, United Synod South, 1912-18, and 
of Board of American Missions, ULCA, 
1918-22. Member from the United Synod 
South on Commission to draft Constitution 
of ULCA, 1918. Died Sept. 17, 1962, in 
92nd year; buried at Smithsburg, Md. 




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BELL, JOSEPH EDGAR, bom Aug. 22, 1789, in Va. Licensed 1816 by N. C. 
Synod. Ordained by the Rev. Philip Henkel, 1819, this being ratified by the N. C. 
Synod in 1820. Withdrew in 1821 to join newly formed Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: None in N. C. With Philip Henkel operated Tenn. Academy (later called 
Henkel and Bell Seminary), teaching Greek, Hebrew, and English. At some time 
joined Presbyterian Church and had charge of a church in Lincolnton. After Tenn. 
Synod Reorganized was formed, joined that body; in 1867 when it had become 
defunct, joined Holston Synod. Practiced medicine in Tenn. for some years. Obituary 
in Holston Synod minutes ends thus: "As an eloquent and impressive preacher, 
Dr. Bell had few superiors". Died Feb. 7, 1871. 

BENNICK, JOHN SYLVANUS, licensed 1865 and ordained 1866 by Tenn. Synod 
in Salem Church, Lincoln Co. Worked in Va. Conference of Tenn. Synod, in and 
around New Market, Va., until death in 1882. 

BERNHARDT, CHARLES EDWARD, born Dec. 18, 1921, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Ira Leo and Maggie Elizabeth (Parks) Bernhardt. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1942; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945. Married Gladys Irene Boggs, Claremont, Sept. 
15, 1944. Children: Barbara Elizabeth, Charles David, Timothy Paul. Ordained 1945 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Christ-St. Luke, Stanley; St. John, Asheboro; 
St. Matthew, Wilmington; since 1958, St. John, Cherry ville. 

BERNHARDT, CHRISTIAN EBERHARD, born at Stuttgart, Germany, in 1763. 
Ordained 1785 in Germany. Came to Savannah, Ga., in 1786, and preached to the 
Salzburgers at Ebenezer, Ga. From there moved to Rowan Co., in 1787. That year 
Nussmann wrote to Germany: "Bernhardt is a young educated man from Wuerttem- 
berg with considerable ability, about 24 years old, in whom I see daily that the 
gospel truths, which he preaches, are a vital matter in his own young life. He 
preaches for the lower Second Creek Charge in Peint (Pine) Church (Union, Rowan 
Co.), and in several other churches." Other churches served: Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke, 
Davidson Co., 1787-88; in Forsyth and Stokes Cos., 1788-89 (while there he mar- 
ried); Friedens-Lows, Guilford Co., and St. Paul, Alamance Co. 1789-1800. From 
1800 to his death served churches in Lexington District, S. C. He and his churches 
approved of organization of the N. C. Synod in 1803, becoming members. In 1794 
one of the five resident pastors in N. C, (Nussmann, Arends, Storch, and Roschen 
being the others), who examined and ordained Robert J. Miller as an Episcopal 
minister. Secretary of the N. C. Synod, 1806-08. Father of the Rev. David Bern- 
hardt, one of first graduates of Southern Sem. Died Aug. 27, 1809; buried at St. 
Michael Church, near Columbia, S. C. 

BERNHEIM, CHARLES HERMAN, born April 6, 1831, at Cologne, Germany. 
In his infancy his family settled in Western Pa. Parents: The Rev. John Herman and 
Lisette (Dellman) Bernheim. His father, of a distinguished Berlin Jewish family, was 
a convert from Judaism, and became a Lutheran minister. His older brother was the 
Rev. G. D. Bernheim. Educated: Theol. Sem. and Class. Inst., Lexington, S. C, 1855. 
Married Jane Todd, Charleston, S. C, and had several children. Licensed 1855 and 
ordained 1858 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In Fla.; in N. C, from 1868: Frie- 
dens, Guilford Co. -St. Paul, Alamance Co.; St. James, Concord; Pilgrim-Lebanon- 
St. Luke, Bethany, and Becks-New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., Nazareth-Shiloh, For- 
syth Co. In 1880 transferred to Tenn. Synod, and served Beth Eden, Newton; St. 
John and St. Timothy, Catawba Co.; supplied Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co.; St. Martin- 



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Sharon, Iredell Co.; and Shiloh and Friendship, Alexander Co. Secretary, N. C. 
Synod, two terms. President, Tenn. Synod, 1884. Financial agent, and later professor, 
Concordia College, Conover. In 1897 withdrew from Tenn. Synod to unite with Mo. 
Synod. Proposed the name "The United Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church 
in the South" for the general body of Southern synods organized at Salisbury in 
1886. Died Jan. 20, 1901; buried near Conover. 

BERNHEIM, GOTTHARD DELLMAN, born Nov. 
8, 1827, at Iserlohn, Westphalia, Prussia. Parents: 
The Rev. John Herman and Lisette (Dellman) Bern- 
heim. With parents and younger brother, the Rev. 
Charles H., came at age five to W. Pa. His father, 
of a distinguished Berlin Jewish family, educated to 
be a rabbi, converted to the Christian faith and be- 
came a Lutheran minister. Educated: From Pa., rode 
horseback to enter Theol. Sem. and Class. Inst., Lex- 
ington, S. C, graduating in 1849. Received D.D. 
degree. Married, first, Elizabeth Crowe Clayton, 
Charleston, S. C, April 25, 1854. Children: Eight. 
Second marriage to Amanda Ella Lease, Nokomis, 
111., April 22, 1897. Children: Five. Licensed 1849 
and ordained 1853 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Zion (later called Wenthworth Street, then St. Andrew), Charleston, S. C, 1851-57. 
Transferred 1858 to N. C. Synod; St. John, Cabarrus Co.-New Bethel, Stanly Co.; 
organized and was second pastor, St. Mark, Charlotte, 1861-65; St. Michael, Trout- 
man; organized and served Ebenezer, Rowan Co.; St. Paul, Wilmington, to 1881. 
Transferred to Min. of Pa., 1883; Grace, Philipsburg, N. J., nine years. Transferred 
back to N. C. Synod, 1892; first pastor, St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1892-1901, sup- 
plied St. Paul in 1892. Retired 1901 at Charlotte. Supplied St. Luke-Morning Star, 
Monroe, 1905-07. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1861; president, two years. Service in 
educational institutions: Financial agent of N. C. Coll., 1858, member of first board, 
1859, and college president, 1882-83; dean, later principal, Mt. Pleasant Female 
Sem., 1868-70; dean and professor of Bible, Elizabeth Coll., Charlotte, for a time. 
Author of "The Success of God's Work", "Localities of the Reformation", "History 
of the German Settlements in North and South Carolina", "The First Twenty Years 
of the History of St. Paul's, Wilmington, N. C", and with the Rev. George H. Cox, 
"History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Ministerium of North Carolina" 
(1902); contributed many articles to church periodicals. Died Oct. 25, 1916; buried 
at Charleston, S. C. 

BICKLEY, JOHN JACOB, born March 16, 1873, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
Silas Franklin and Eliza Ann (Lindler) Bickley. Educated: Attended Newberry Coll.: 
graduated with M.D., Univ. of Ga., Med. Sch.; practiced medicine, 1899-1917; 
studied at Chicago Sem., 1917-18. Married Corrie Ella Wessinger, Chapin, S. C. 
Jan. 21, 1903. Children: Rose Evelyn, Barney Lee, Vernon Lamar. Ordained 1918 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Calvary, Claremont; Trinity, Vale-Cedar 
Grove, Lincoln Co.-Sardis, Catawba Co.; Philadelphia, Granite Falls-St. John, Hud- 
son-St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., to 1925. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1925; returned 
to N. C. Synod, 1928, and served churches until death: Bethpage-St. Paul, St. Mark, 
Lincoln Co.-Bethel, Gaston, Co.; Holy Communion, Dallas-Christ, Stanley. Died 
Sept. 30, 1944; buried at St. Thomas Church, Chapin, S. C. 




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BIKLE, LOUIS ALBERT, born Nov. 6, 1834, at 
Mechanicstown, Md. Parents: Christian Emmanuel 
and Barbara (Fichte) Bikle. An older brother of the 
Rev. Philip M. Bikle. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., 
A.B. 1857; Gettysburg Sem., 1859; Franklin and 
Marshall Coll., D.D. 1874. Married Sara Ann Chritz- 
man, Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 27, 1859. Children: 
George, Lulu Kate, Louis Albert, Jr. Licensed 1859 
and ordained 1862 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1870-75; St. James, Concord, 
1875-80; supplied Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1877; 
St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1884-1904; organized 
St. Luke, Cleveland Co., 1895-1904; with the Rev. 
M. L. Little supplied Holy Communion, Dallas, 1886- 
91; supplied Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1890. Pastoral 
work done chiefly along with school work. Professor of Latin and Greek, N. C. Coll., 
1859-61, the college closing in 1861 on account of war; president of same, 1866-67, 
1868-74, 1878-81. Professor, Gaston Female Coll., Dallas, six years. Principal, Kings 
Mountain High school, five years. Secretary, N. C. Synod, four terms; president, 
four terms. Chaplain, N. C. 20th Inf. Reg., 1863-65. Retired 1904, at Concord. After 
retirement at times for ten years taught school. Died June 29, 1931, in 97th year; 
buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Concord. 

BIKLE, PHILIP MELANCHTHON, bora Dec. 1, 1844, at Smithsburg, Md. Par- 
ents: Christian Emmanuel and Barbara (Fichte) Bikle. A younger brother of the Rev. 
Louis A. Bikle. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1866, D.D. 1914; Gettysburg Sem., 
1869; Roanoke Coll., hon. Ph.D. 1884. Married first Anna M. Wattles, Gettysburg, 
Pa., Dec. 28, 1869. Son: Horace Wattles. Second marriage to Emma J. Wolf, Mifflin- 
burg, Pa., Jan. 2, 1877. Children: Henry Wolf, Paul H., Philip R. Ordained 1869 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: No record of his pastoral ministry. Professor of 
Latin and Greek, N. C. Coll., 1869-70. Transferred to Md. Synod, 1870; vice-prin- 
cipal and teacher, Maryland Coll., Lutherville, Md., 1870-73. At Gettysburg Coll., 
professor of Physics and Astronomy, 1874-81, of Latin, 1881-1925, dean 1889-1925, 
professor emeritus, 1925 to death. Co-editor, later editor, The Lutheran Quarterly, 
1880-1907. Author of "Faraday, the Scientist and Christian", "Our Present Knowl- 
edge of the Sun", "Educating Young Men for the Ministry", "Jesus, the Son of God", 
translator from Latin of Philip Melanchthon's "Apology of the Augsburg Confession". 
Died Jan. 19, 1934; buried at Mifflinburg, Pa. 

BITTLE, DANIEL HOWARD, born June 6, 1819, near Middletown, Md. Parents: 
Thomas and Mary (Baer) Bittle. Younger brother of the Rev. Dr. David F. Bittle, 
long-time president of Roanoke Coll. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1843; taught 
school three years; Lane Sem., 1849; Roanoke Coll., D.D. 1869. Married Susan E. 
Biglow, Collamer, Ohio, Nov. 1849. Ordained 1849 by Miami Synod. Churches 
served: In Ohio, Ind., Md., Pa., W. Va., last in Savannah, Ga., 1871-74. First presi- 
dent, N. C. Coll., 1859-61 (college closed in 1861 on account of war). Principal of a 
Female Sem., Austin, Texas, 1861-65. At times agent for Wittenberg Univ., Hagers- 
town Female Sem., and Roanoke Coll., where taught, 1865-67. Died Jan. 14, 1874; 
buried at Savannah, Ga. 




BLACKWELDER, GAITHER GIBSON, born Oct. 19, 1935, at Charlotte. Parents: 
Frank M. and Frances (Morton) Blackwelder. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 



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1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Alice Linda Buff, at Charlotte, May 31, 
1959. Son: Donald Wayne. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Paul, 1962-65, and vice pastor, Mt. Pleasant, 1963-64, Alamance Co.; also, vice 
pastor, Alamance, Alamance, 1963; Atonement, Wilkesboro, 1965-. 

BLACKWELDER, LEROY EMERSON, born Feb. 
1, 1896, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Asa and Louisa 
(Litaker) Blackwelder. Educated: M.P.C.I., Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1922, D.D. 1956; taught at M.P.C.I., 
1922-24; Southern Sem., B.D. 1927. Married Mildred 
Blomgren, Mt. Pleasant, Aug. 17, 1927. Daughter: 
Phyllis Svanhild. Ordained 1927 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Faith, Faith, 1927-33; St. Mark, 
Mooresville, 1933-48. Superintendent, Lowman Home 
for the Aged and Helpless, 1949-61. Member, Board 
oi Lowman Home, 1941-48. Retired 1961 at Gastonia. 
Active in Piedmont (S. C.) Council, Boy Scouts of 
America, 1943-48; awarded Silver Beaver, 1946. 

BLACKWELDER, OSCAR FISHER, born March 
6, 1898, at Newberry, S. C. Parents: John Alexander 
and Dora Esther (Fisher) Blackwelder, the latter a 
great-great-granddaughter of the Rev. Adolph Nuss- 
man. Educated: M.P.C.I., Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1917, 
LL.D. 1942; Southern Sem., 1920; graduate study, 
Union Sem. and Columbia Univ.; Susquehanna Univ., 
D.D. 1928. Married Geneva Lionberger, Roanoke, 
Va., June 28, 1926. Sons: Theodore Fisher, the Rev. 
David Lewis. Ordained 1920 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Martin, Stanly Co., two mos. 
supply, 1920; Christ, Roanoke, Va.; Christ, Baltimore, 
Md.; and 1933-54, Reformation, Washington, D. C; 
pastor emeritus, 1954-1961. Retired early account of 
ill health. In ULCA, served on Board of Publication, 
Executive Board, as convention delegate, and chaplain in 1948. Washington corre- 
spondent, The Lutheran, about 20 years. Preacher, Nat '1 Preaching Mission, 1936-37, 
and Sunday Vespers, ABC Radio. Co-author, "Reality in Preaching"; sermon, "But 
Christ Did Rise", in "Epistle Messages"; contributed "Exposition on Galatians" in 
Interpreter's Bible. Dynamic preacher, in Washington spoke to many leaders in gov- 
ernment, diplomacy, and business, not members of Reformation Church. Died April 
6, 1961; buried at Roanoke, Va. 

BLUME, HARVEY LUDWICK, born May 16, 1936, at Concord. Parents: Fred 
William and Mary Bell (Chambers) Blume. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Susanna Carol Snyder of Bryn Mawr, Pa., at 
Hickory, Aug. 20, 1960. Daughter: Karen Elaine. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Salem-St. Luke, Lincoln Co., 1961-63; St. Mark, Lumberton 
1963-. 

BOCK, HOWARD WALTER, born April 10, 1919, at Hazelton, Pa. Parents: John 
Howard and Anna (Stoltz) Bock. Educated: Muhlenberg Coll., A.B. 1939; Philadel- 
phia Sem., two years; Temple Univ. Sem., S.T.B. 1946; graduate study, Gettysburg 
Sem. Married Margaret Miller, Wilmington, Del, Dec. 3, 1940. Children: William 





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George, Margaret Ann, Catherine Elizabeth. Licensed 1946 and ordained 1947 by 
Cent. Pa. Synod. Churches served: In Pa., 1947-57; in N. Y., 1957-61. At Durham, 
on disability pension, 1961-62; served Our Redeemer, Greenville, Oct. 1, 1962, to 
Feb. 25, 1963. Died Feb. 25, 1963; buried at Greenville. 




man, Boards of M. P. C. I 
Basis and Constitution for Merger of N. C 
1934; buried at Union Church, Rowan Co, 



BOD1E, EARL KENNAN, bom Nov. 8, 1896, at 
Orangeburg, S. C. Parents: The Rev. Nathan Davis and 
Lilla E. (Vansant) Bodie. Educated: M.P.C.I., New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1917; Southern Sem., 1920; Philadel- 
phia Sem., B.D. 1921. Married Annie Belle Dantzler, 
Cameron, S. C, Oct. 19, 1922. Children: Ehrline 
(died after four days), Geraldine, Rosalind, Jacque- 
line. Ordained 1921 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1921-24; 
in S. C, 1924-30. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1930; 
St. Matthew, Wilmington; St. Luke, Bear Poplar; 
Bethany, Kannapolis; Sharon-Peace, Gibsonville; Naz- 
areth, Rural Hall. Member, Board of Childrens Home, 
1953-60. Retired 1963, near Elon College. 

BODIE, NATHAN DAVIS, born Jan. 25, 1862, in 
Saluda Co., S. C. Parents: Obediah and Annie Eliza- 
beth (Chapman) Bodie. Educated: Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1893, A.M.; Southern Sem, 1895, B.D. 1926. 
Married Lilla E. Vansant, Saluda Co, S. C, Dec. 24, 
1895. Children: The Rev. Earl Kennan, Ralph Gilbert, 
Muriel, Winifred, Henry Cromer, Nathan Vansant. 
Ordained 1894 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In 
S. C. 1894-98, 1907-12; in Ga, 1898-1903; in N. C, 
1903-07, 1912-26; Christiana, Granite Quarry-Union, 
Rowan Co.; St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co. -Reforma- 
tion, Davie Co.; Christiana-Wittenberg, Granite Quar- 
ry-St. James, Rockwell; Grace, Thomasville; second 
time, Union, Rowan Co. Retired 1927. Pioneer in 
Sunday school teacher training. Member and chair- 
and Mont Amoena Sem. Member, Joint Comm'n on 
and Tenn. Synods, 1919-21. Died Oct. 9, 




BOGER, WILLIAM JENNINGS, was born July 
13, 1869, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Daniel Philip and 
Nannie Estelle (Crowell) Boger. Educated: N. C. 
Coll, A.B. 1893; Philadelphia Sem, 1897. Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll, D.D. 1926. Married Mary Jane Chris- 
tine Cook, Mt. Pleasant, Dec. 7, 1897. Children: 
Daniel Jennings, William Jonas, Charles Cook, Henry 
Crawford. Ordained 1897 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly-Lutheran Chapel, 
Gastonia, 1897-1909, Good Shepherd only, 1909-13; 
organized and served Holy Comforter, Belmont, 
1910-12; with the Rev. W. A. Deaton, organized and 
supplied Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1898-1900, 1901- 
02; St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1913-18; St. 
Paul, Startown-St. James-Ebenezer, Newton, 1918- 



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27; St. James only, 1927-36. Retired 1936 to live in Mt. Pleasant. President, Tenn. 
Synod, 1910-11. Member, 1903-32, and president, 1926-32, board of Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll. Member of original (1914-15) Joint Commission to Propose Union of N. C. and 
Tenn. Synods. Died Jan. 29, 1949; buried at Mt. Pleasant. 

BOGGS, JAMES RUSSELL, born Nov. 18, 1923, in Catawba Co. Parents: Fitz- 
hugh and Verdie Lee (Loftin) Boggs. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1944; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1946. Married Mary Cloninger, Claremont, 1943. Children: 
Olivian Russell, Terry Kristen. Ordained 1946 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Grace-Melanchthon-Richland, Liberty, 1946-48. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1949. 
Last pastorate before entering U. S. Army chaplaincy, 1957, Our Redeemer, Mont- 
gomery, Ala. 

BOGGS, WILLIAM GILMER, born Aug. 1, 1927, in Rowan Co. Parents: Harvey 
William and Mary Jane (Younce) Boggs. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; 
Southern Sem., 1950; one summer, Union Sem., N. Y. City. Married Peggy Jolene 
Lipe, China Grove, Dec. 19, 1948. Children: Dwight Randall, Sydna Jolene, Karen 
Denise, Kevin Gilmer. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Christiana, 
Granite Quarry, 1950-56. Since 1956, U. S. Air Force chaplain. Continues as member 
of N. C. Synod. 

BOLAND, LAWSON PETTUS, born Feb. 12, 
1875, at Little Mountain, S. C. Parents: Middleton and 
Annie Barbara (Frick) Boland. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1897; Southern Sem., 1901. First married 
Orra Elizabeth Phillips, Springfield, S. C, May 30, 
1901. Daughter: Blandina, who died in 4th year, two 
years after her mother's death. Second marriage to 
Margaret Elizabeth Powlas, Barber, May 8, 1906, 
sister of wives of the Revs. O. W. Aderholdt and John 
C. Peery (second), and of Misses Maude and Annie 
Powlas, missionaries to Japan. Children: Juanita, Mar- 
garet Elizabeth, Annie Barbara, Lawson Powlas. Or- 
dained 1901 by Miss. Synod. Churches served: In 
Miss., 1901-03; in S. C, 1903-04, 1908-24; in N. C: 
Lebanon-Providence, Rowan Co. -St. Matthew, Davie 
Co., 1904-08. Transferred from S. C. Synod to N. C. Synod, 1924; St. Enoch-Trinity, 
Enochville; St. John-Friendship-Shiloh, Taylorsville. Retired 1940 at Barber. Supplied 
Lebanon, Rowan Co., 1942-44. Member, Boards of Summerland Coll., 1910-24, and 
Childrens Home, 1929-33. Very helpful in furnishing data for a number of these 
sketches. 

BOLAND, MARION QUINCY, born 1873, in Newberry Co., S. C. Parents: Daniel 
C. and Caroline (Meetz) Boland. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1896; Southern 
Sem., 1902. Never married. Ordained 1902 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1902-03. Transferred to S. W. Va. Synod, 1903. Pas- 
toral service of short duration. Taught school before entering and after leaving min- 
istry. Died 1948; buried at St. Peter Church, Chapin, S. C. 

BOLDT, KARL L. J., born Oct. 22, 1864, in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. 
Parents: Henry and Wilhelmina (Westendorff) Boldt. Educated: Univ. of Rostock, 




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Germany; Concordia Sem. Married Jeanette Caroline Otgen, Charleston, S. C, Feb. 
17, 1891. Children: Henry G. A., Edward William, Karl Theodore, Lisette H. (mar- 
ried the Rev. Henry J. Black, sometime president of S. C. synod), Dorothy J. C, 
Karl L. J., Jr. Ordained 1890 by N. Y. and N. J. Synod. Churches served: St. Jo- 
hannes, Charleston, S. C, 1890-93, 1897-1903; in N. C: St. Paul, Wilmington, 1893- 
97. Taught Greek and Catechetics, Southern Sem., while pastor at St. Johannes. Died 
Jan. 9, 1903, in 39th year of age; buried in Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, S. C. 

BOLICK, ERNEST BERNARD, JR., born May 7, 1939, in Watauga Co. Parents: 
Ernest Bernard and Virginia (Moretz) Bolick. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 
1955; Southern Sem., 1958. Married Theresa Feezor, Lexington, June 11, 1955. 
Daughter: Maria Theresa. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod and transferred to Fla. 
Synod, where he served Good Shepherd, Sanford, Fla., 1958-63. Graduate student 
and part-time instructor in History, Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill, 1963-. Listed in Who's 
Who in the South and Southwest, 1965-. 




BOLIEK, ABNER LAFAYETTE, born June 21, 
1862, in Alexander Co. Parents: Anderson Abraham 
and Sarah (Docery) Boliek. Educated: Concordia 
Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1891; theology in 
course at the latter; Rutherford Coll., hon. A.M. 1891. 
Married first Lula C. Smyre, Conover, April 13, 1890. 
Children: Gaither Lafayette, Leo Ernst, Paul Mar- 
cellus. Second marriage to Fannie Elizabeth Gaither, 
Rockingham Co., Va., Sept. 28, 1898. Children: The 
Rev. Wynne Colford, Luther Gerberding, the Rev. 
John Glenn. Ordained 1891 by Ind. Synod. Churches 
served: In Ind., 1891-93, 1902-06; in Va., (Tenn. 
Synod), 1893-1902, 1921-25, (Va. Synod), 1925-46; 
in N. C, 1906-21 (periods in some cases overlapping): 
Becks-Holly Grove-Emmanuel-Lebanon-New Jerusa- 



lem, Davidson Co.; Friendship-Shiloh, Alexander Co., supplying Mt. Pleasant, Wa- 
tauga Co., 1912; organized and served St. Matthew, Caldwell Co.; St. Timothy-St. 
Paul, and Bethlehem, Catawba Co.; Christ, Stanley; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia. 
Retired 1946 at Luray, Va. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, one term. Died March 8, 1946; 
buried at Zion Church, near Edinburg, Va. 

BOLLES, EDWIN ABIEL, graduated in second class (1835) at Southern Sem. 
Licensed 1836 by N. C. Synod. Supplied St. John, Salisbury, 1835-36. Transferred 
1836 to S. C. Synod, which ordained him in 1837, in Ebenezer Church, Effingham 
Co., Ga. No record is available of his ministry. Died 1893; buried at Columbia, S. C. 

BOLLINGER, JOHN HENRY, born Sept. 17, 1930, in Rowan Co. Parents: H. L. 
and Anne E. (Gardner) Bollinger. Educated: N. C. State Univ., B.S. 1954; Southern 
Sem., 1958. Married Nancy Jane London, Mt. Ulla, Dec. 15, 1956. Children: Susan 
Lynn, John Mark, Steven Craig. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
In Va. Synod, 1958-61; in N. C: Prince of Peace, Rowan Co., 1961-64. Called to 
missionary service by Board of World Miss., LCA, 1964, but because of health haz- 
ards was unable to carry out his purpose. 1966: Grace, Snyder, Texas. 



BOLLINGER, LAWRENCE HUGH, born July 21, 1930, in Catawba Co. Parents: 
Russell W. and Jessie E. (Harris) Bollinger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; 



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Southern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Cora Alice Wilson, Hickory, Dec. 25, 1948. 
Children: Alice Karen, Jan Marie, Paul Stephen, Timothy Hugh, Judy Elise, Nathan 
Russell. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1955-57; in 
N. C: Cobles, Guilford Co., 1957-62; St. James, Newton, a few months, 1963. De- 
mitted ministry April 1963. 

BOLLINGER, THOMAS EUGENE, born Jan. 12, 1932, at Turrell, Ark. Parents: 
John Thomas and Lorez (Simpson) Bollinger. Educated: Memphis State Coll., B.S. 
1951; Hamma Div. Sch., B.D. 1954; Univ. of South, S.T.M. Married Rita Louise 
Pierce, Memphis, Term., Aug. 11, 1952. Children: Catherine Elaine, Lydia Ruth, 
David Michael, Virginia Lee. Ordained 1954 by Ky.-Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Paul, Louisville, Ky., 1954-56; in N. C.: Messiah, Salisbury, 1956-58. Demitted 
Lutheran ministry, Oct. 1958. Later took orders in Episcopal Church. 

BONHAM, NEHEMIAH, born in New Jersey Nov. 1, 1765. Parents: Nehemiah 
and Elizabeth (Martin) Bonham. Educated in theology under the Rev. Paul Henkel. 
Married first Betsy Williams of New Jersey. Children: Israel W., James H., Zedekiah 
Asbury, Nancy, Lucy, Benjamin, Luther. Second marriage to Rachel Karr. Daughter: 
Polly, born in 1792. Licensed 1790 and ordained 1791 by Md. and Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Va., itinerating extensively in Grayson, Bland, Wythe, Smyth, and Taze- 
well Cos. Transferred 1824 to Tenn. Synod, while preaching in Tazewell Co., Va. 
In N. C: Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1830, Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1831; 
with others occasional supply, St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1831-38; Trinity, Vale, 1833. 
Died Nov. 5, 1846; buried at Morning Star Church, Haywood Co., which he orga- 
nized and served until 1844. 

BOOZER, VIRGIL YOUNG, born June 24, 1868, 
in Newberry Co., S. C. Parents: Henry Sheppard and 
Mary Jane (Young) Boozer. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1891, M.A. 1908, D.D. 1917; Southern 
Sem., 1894. Married Essie Gertrude Wyse, Prosperity, 
S. C, Nov. 4, 1896. Children: Herman Wyse, Pauline 
(married the Rev. H. A. Schroder), Mary Elizabeth, 
Virgil Young, Jr. Ordained 1894 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C, 1894-1916: Salem-Gracc- 
Lebanon, Rowan Co.; Macedonia, Burlington; orga- 
nized and built church, Peace, Guilford Co.; Bethel- 
St. Paul, Rowan Co.; supplied Faith, Faith, two years; 
St. John, Cabarrus Co.; First, Lexington; organized, 
built church, and supplied Grace, Thomasville, four 
years; in S. C. and Va., 1916-26; again in N. C, 

1926- 35: Lutheran Chapel, East Gastonia; Salem, Rowan Co., again. Retired 1935 
at Leesville, S. C, later at Lowman Home. Secretary, 1903-08, president, 1908-10, 
of N. C. Synod. Member, Boards of N. C. Coll., 1910-16, Southern Sem., 1909-20, 

1927- 30, and Lowman Home, 1924-26. Member and one-time president, Board of 
Home Miss., United Synod South, and delegate to seven biennial conventions. Died 
Jan. 6, 1956; buried at Wittenberg Church, Leesville, S. C, which he had served. 

BOST, FLOYD WILLIAM, born July 11, 1928, in Rowan Co. Parents: Holland R. 
and Grace (Freeze) Bost. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1955. Married Bonnie Lee Edwards, Rowan Co., July 20, 1947. Children: Karen 




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Lynn, Wanda Faye, Dana William. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Emmanuel, Rockwell, 1955-58; Christ, Fairfax, Va., 1958-64; St. Paul, Rowan Co., 

1964- . 

BOST, RAYMOND MORRIS, born Aug. 18, 1925, in Catawba Co. Parents: Loy 
Robert and Virginia (Anderson) Bost. Educated: The Citadel, 1942-43; in military 
service, 1943-47; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 1952; Biblical 
Sem., N. Y. City; Yale Univ., M.A. 1959, Ph.D. 1963. Married Margaret Martha 
Vedder, Hartford, Conn., Aug. 16, 1947. Children: Timothy Lee, Penelope Ruth, 
Peter Raymond, Jonathan Otto. Ordained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Nativity, Spartanburg, S. C, 1952-53; Holy Trinity, Raleigh, 1953-57. Since 1960, 
professor of Church History, Southern Sem. Transferred 1961 to S. C. Synod. Chap- 
lain, U. S. Army Reserve, 1956—. Chairman, Conf. of Directors of Internship, LCA, 

1965- 66. Contributor to "Christian Unity in North America", ed. by J. Robert Nel- 
son. Listed in "Who's Who in the South and Southwest". 

BOUKNIGHT, LOUIS ELBERT, born July 25, 1908, near Little Mountain, S. C. 
Parents: Thomas Augustus and Mamie Lilla (Cannon) Bouknight. Educated: New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1931; Southern Sem., B.D. 1934. Married Mildred Lee Sayre, 
Augusta Co., Va., June 23, 1937. Children: Ray Stephen, Allen Thomas. Licensed 
1935 and ordained 1936 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1935-49; in W. Va., 
1949-52; St. Mark, Mooresville, 1952-59. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1959. 1965: 
Rader-St. John-St. Paul, Timberville, Va. 

BOWDEN, GEORGE STEWART, born May 11, 1892, at Wilmington. Parents: 
Robert Cowan and Catherine Elizabeth (Bryant) Bowden. Educated: M.P.C.I., 1914; 
Newberry Coll., A.B. 1916; Southern Sem., 1919. Married Laura Heilig Lentz, Mt. 
Pleasant, May 22, 1919. Children: The Rev. George Stewart, Jr., Catherine Barrier. 
Ordained 1919 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Barnabas, Charleston, S. C. 
1919-22; St. Paul, Strasburg, Va., 1922-29; Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1929-44. Member, 
Board of Childrens Home, 1926-29. Died Aug. 12, 1944; buried at Gastonia. 

BOWDEN, GEORGE STEWART, JR., bom Sept. 23, 1920, at Charleston, S. C. 
Parents: The Rev. George Stewart and Laura Heilig (Lentz) Bowden. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1944. Married Lois Wandel, Hag- 
erstown, Md., June 6, 1945. Children: Twins, George Stewart, III, and Lois Wandel. 
Ordained 1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Christ, East Spencer, 1944-47. 
Transferred to Va. Synod, 1947; St. Peter-St. Matthew, Toms Brook, Va.; Zion- 
St. James, Waynesboro, Va.; last parish, St. Paul, Funkstown, Md., 1952-64. Died 
March 30 (Easter Monday), 1964, at Jacksonville, Fla., while on after-Easter trip; 
buried in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md. 

BOWLES, JOHN D., born Jan. 25, 1832, in Newberry Co., S. C. Educated: Per- 
haps at Newberry Coll., Southern Sem., 1860. Married Margaret Carolina Fellers, 
Newberry Co., S. C. Children: Ella (daughter-in-law of the Rev. W. A. Julian), Mon- 
roe, Jeff, Ida M. Ordained 1861 by Ga. Synod. Churches served: In Ga., 1861-69. 
Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1869; Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co.; Becks-Bethany- 
Lebanon-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co. -Reformation, Davie Co. Transferred to 
S. C. Synod, 1874. President, N. C. Synod, 1873. Died June 20, 1914, at Coronaca, 
S. C; buried at Colony Church, near Prosperity, S. C. 



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BOWMAN, WILLIAM SPENCER, born Aug. 3, 
1830, in Powell's Fort Valley, Shenandoah Co., Va. 
Parents: George and Susan Bowman. Educated: In 
common schools, and as apprentice to cabinet maker; 
followed that trade for a few years; studied theology 
under tutors; Newberry Coll., D.D. 1870. Married 
four times: (1) Mary Virginia Andrews; (2) George 
Anna Hacker, Charleston, S. C, Aug. 8, 1871; (3) 
Catherine Anna Bonchert, Jan. 10, 1882; (4) Marga- 
ret Catherine Barrier, Cabarrus Co., August 18, 1896. 
No record of any children available. Licensed 1854 
and ordained 1856 by Va. Synod. Churches served: 
In Va., 1854-59; St. Andrew, Charleston, S. C, 
1859-80; Ascension, Savannah, Ga., 1880-90; in N. C: 
St. Mark, Charlotte, 1890-97. It is said that 1860-61, 
in Charleston, he baptized, received by certificate, and communed Negroes. Presi- 
dent, 1871, Vice-president, 1876, S. C. Synod. President, Board of Newberry Coll., 
and twice was offered college presidency, but declined. President, General Synod 
South, 1884. "... a self-made man. By hard study ... he acquired a large fund 
of knowledge . . . always seems at home in the pulpit. His sermons are simple, 
plain, logical, and evangelical. . . . He enters with hearty sympathy into the sor- 
rows and joys, success or failures of his people. . . ." (Jensson's American Lutheran 
Biographies, 1890). Died March 26, 1900; buried at Charleston, S. C. 

BRENDLE, IVERSON McKOY, JR., born June 25, 1930, in Burke Co. Parents: 
The Rev. Iverson McKoy and Mozelle (Esker) Brendle. Father a Methodist minister. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne ColL, A.B. 1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Mar- 
garet Gayle Bess, Lincoln Co., June 25, 1950. Children: Lewis Manuel, Sandra 
Naomi, Caryl Elizabeth. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Martin, 
Stanly Co., 1959-63, Sardis, Catawba Co., 1963-. 

BRINK, CARL A., born Nov. 2, 1927, at Hartford, Conn. Parents: John A. and 
Hildur (Anderson) Brink. Educated: Univ. Conn., B.A. 1951, graduate study also; 
Augustana Sem., 1955. Unmarried. Ordained 1955 by Augustana Luth. Church. 
Churches served: In Minn., N. J., and Mich., 1955-62. Since 1962, U. S. Navy chap- 
lain. Trans., May 31, 1963, to N. C. Synod, while stationed at Camp Lejeune, from 
Wis.-Up. Mich. Synod, and to New Eng. Synod, July 5, 1963. 

BROKHOFF, JOHN R., born Dec. 19, 1913, at Pottsville, Pa. Parents: John H. 
and Gertrude (Heiser) Brokhoff: Educated: Muhlenberg Coll., A.B. 1935, D.D. 1951; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1938; Univ. Pa., M.A. 1938. Married Helen Leininger, Pottsville, 
Pa., June 20, 1938. Children: Wendy Ann, Helen Elaine, Virginia Sue, John William. 
Ordained 1938 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In Va., 1938-45; Redeemer, At- 
lanta, Ga., 1945-54; in N. C.: St. Mark, Charlotte, 1955-62; Trinity, Lansdale, Pa., 
1962-65. Professor (Homiletics), Emory Univ., 1965—. Member of Boards, Marion 
Coll., and Childrens Home. UCLA councilor to Nat. Luth. Coun. Called often for 
preaching in missions and at colleges. Author: "Youth's World", "Christ in the Gos- 
pels", "The Meaning of Marriage", "Why", "Christian Strategy", "Read and Live", 
"This is Life", "This is the Church"; contributor to religious periodicals. 

BROOKS, CHARLES EARNEST, born Sept. 8, 1938, in Gaston Co. Parents: Bar- 
net B. and Almeddy (Sprinkle) Brooks. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1961; 




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Southern Sem., 1964. Married Jo Anne Cloninger, Dallas, Aug. 28, 1960. Children: 
Nina Marcelle, Carol Anne. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. 
John (Asst. pastor), Salisbury, 1964-. 




BROWN, ABEL J., born March 27, 1817, near 
Lincolnton. Parents: Absolom and Elizabeth (Killian) 
Brown. Educated: Emory and Henry Coll., A.B., 
A.M., maybe after being licensed 1836 (at age 19) 
and ordained 1837 by Tenn. Synod; Roanoke Coll., 
D.D. 1873. Married first Julia Teeter (died a year 
later). Second marriage to Nancy Teeter, 1842. Chil- 
dren: Charles A., (maybe son of first wife), Agnes, 
Lizzie, Joe. Churches served: In N. C: Organized 
Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1838 (1953 History says, 
1828; but he was born in 1817); with other pastors, 
Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1836-39. Moved to 
Sullivan Co., Tenn., where served Tenn. Synod and 
later Holston Synod churches, including Immanuel 
and Buehlers, 1858-94. Head of Jefferson Male 
Acad., Blountville, Tenn., 5 or 6 years; taught at Tusculum Coll., Greeneville, Tenn., 
2 years; again at the former school. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 6 one-year terms, 1838- 
52, president, 1854, 1858. One of 10 Tenn. Synod pastors organizing Holston Synod, 
1860-61, writer of its constitution, and often its president; with two others lived to 
celebrate its 25th anniversary, 1886. One-time president of General Synod South; 
had a leading role in organizing United Synod South, and presided over organizing 
diet at Salisbury, 1886. Twice elected president of N. C. Coll., but declined. Also 
declined editorship of The Lutheran Standard in Ohio. A writer of first rank. At age 
21 wrote "A Vindication of the Evangelical Tennessee Synod", in reply to a sermon 
by the Rev. Dr. John Bachman. Also, while still young, wrote articles for The Luth- 
eran Observer on the Lord's Supper, which the editor, Dr. Kurtz, criticized in lengthy 
editorials, also complimenting the young writer's talent, but pitying his misdirected 
zeal. Dr. Brown lived to see his views accepted by great majority of American 
Lutherans. Contributed to Lutheran magazines; many scholarly sermons issued in 
pamphlet form. Collapsed and died shortly after, July 17, 1894, while delivering a 
funeral discourse at Buehlers Church on "Nightless Day in the Home of the Blest". 
Buried at Blountville, Tenn. 




BROWN, BACHMAN SAMUEL (B. S. Brown, Sr.), 
born Nov. 19, 1854, in Rowan Co. Parents: Alexan- 
der and Mary (Kistler) Brown. Educated: N. C. Coll., 
Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1875, D.D. 1925; Southern Sem., 
1878. Married Mary Catherine Brown, Wytheville, 
Va., Nov. 19, 1878. Children: Lillian, Edna, Mary 
Elizabeth, Monica, the Rev. Bachman Storch, Eugene 
Luther, Myron Day, Frank Hatcher. Ordained 1878 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In Miss., 1879-80; 
in N. C, 1881-88: St. Paul-Lutheran Chapel, Rowan 
Co. -Center Grove, Cabarrus Co.; Holy Trinity-Zion, 
Hickory; in Va., 1888-92, 1911-12; in N. C, 1892- 
1910: Holy Trinity-Prosperity, Mt. Pleasant-First, 
Albemarle; St. Michael-St. Paul-Amity, Troutman; St. 
Matthew, Davie Co. -Providence, Rowan Co.; St. 



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Luke-Concordia, Rowan Co.; Salem-Grace, Rowan Co.; Trinity-Concordia, Landis, 
1912-15; and St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1920-21; also in Tenn., 1918-20. Retired 1921 
at China Grove. Supplied Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1927-30. Secretary, 1885, president, 
1894-96, long-time member, Exec. Comm., N. C. Synod. Contributor to church pe- 
riodicals. Died June 9, 1934; buried at St. Luke Church, Bear Poplar. 



BROWN, BACHMAN STORCH (B. S. 

Brown, Jr.), born Oct. 6, 1889, in Madison, 
Va. Parents: The Rev. Bachman Samuel 
and Mary Catherine (Brown) Brown. Edu- 
cated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1913; Philadel- 
phia Sem., 1916; Lenoir Rhyne Coll, D.D. 
1944. Married Beulah L. Isenhour, Concord, 
Oct. 14, 1924. Children: Bachman Storch, 
Jr., Charles Eugene. Ordained 1916 by Hol- 
ston Synod. Churches served: Parrottsville, 
Tenn, 1916-24; in N. C, 1924-59: First, 
Lexington, 15 years; Daniels-Grace, Lincoln 
Co, 7 years; Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, 
13 years. Retired 1959 at Kannapolis. Presi- 
dent, Holston Synod, 1919-21. Like father, 
long-time member of Exec. Comm. of N. C. 
Synod, 32 years, 1925-29, 1935-63. Mem- 
ber, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 1930-36, 
1949-52, and Southern Sem, 1952-55. Chair- 
man, special Committee to Study Conditions 
at Southern Seminary, 1951. With Drs. 
Jacob L. Morgan and John Hall, an editor 
of "History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina, 1803-1953", and writer of 
General Narrative section, pp. 13-105. Also, collaborated with other members of 
Comm. on Historical Work in producing the supplement volume for 1953-63, and 
this volume. Contributed article for Lutheran World Encyclopedia, also a valuable 
man for counsel and guidance in synod conventions and affairs. Likewise his lawyer 
son, B. S. Brown, Jr., serves the synod valuably in giving legal counsel. 





BROWN, CHRISENBERRY ALEXANDER, born 
Dec. 6, 1859, in Rowan Co. Parents: John D. A. and 
Sarah Cladora (Fisher) Brown. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll, 1887; Gettysburg Sem, 1890. Married Emily 
Athalinda Propst, Rowan Co, Sept. 10, 1890. Chil- 
dren: Lala Cladora, Edna Propst, Thelma Ruth, Her- 
man Alexander, Armand Chrisenberry, and an un- 
named son (last two died in infancy). Ordained 1889 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In Va, 1890-92; 
in N. C, 1892-1932: Grace-Concordia, Rowan Co.; 
Christiana-Union, Rowan Co.; St. Andrew-Mt. Her- 
mon, Concord; Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville; Ebene- 
zer-Organ, Rowan Co.; Center Grove, Kannapolis- 
Lutheran Chapel, China Grove; organized and sup- 
plied Kimball Memorial, Kannapolis, 4 mos.; Grace, 
Rowan Co.-Prosperity, Cabarrus Co. Retired Jan. 1, 1932, at China Grove. President, 
N. C. Synod, 1915-19, re-elected for 4 years, but declined. Died Oct. 8, 1932; buried 
at China Grove. 




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BROWN, HENRY MAXWELL, born April 2, 
1845, in Rowan Co. Parents: Solomon and Amy 
(Miller) Brown. A younger brother of the Rev. R. L. 
Brown, and an uncle of the Rev. P. D. Brown. Edu- 
cated: N. C. Coll., 1873, studying theology there 
also. Married Lucetta Jane Fisher, Cabarrus Co., 
1873. Children: Dora, Lular Rosa, Mary Lucetta 
(married the Rev. R. R. Sowers), Bachman H., Lillie 
Eudora, Nathan Maxwell, Myrtle M., Jason S., Clar- 
ence E., Clyde G. Ordained 1873 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: (1873-1912) Bethel pastorate, Row- 
an Co., Reformation, Davie Co.; Christ, East Spencer; St. Michael-St. Paul-organized 
Amity (1885), Iredell Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co.; Nazareth-Shiloh, Rural Hall; 
Lows, Guilford Co. -Richland, Liberty; St. Martin, Stanly Co. Transferred to S. C. 
Synod, 1913. Author of "The Scriptual Mode of Baptism", and "Seven Sermons on 
Creation". Died July 23, 1913; buried at Organ Church, Rowan Co. 

BROWN, JOHN DANIEL, born Jan. 27, 1934, at Concord. Parents: Robert Hall 
and Cordelia (Cox) (Ritchie) Brown. A great-grandson of the Rev. George H. Cox. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959; Princeton 
Sem., Th.M. 1960; doctoral studies, Drew Univ., 1962-65. Married Betty Waddill 
Murchison, Concord, daughter of the Rev. J. M. Murchison, Presbyterian minister, 
June 7, 1957. Daughter: Karen Cox. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., June-Aug. 1959; Grace, Thomasville, 
1960. Transferred 1965 to S. C. Synod. Professor, Dept. of Religion, Converse Coll., 
1965-. 

BROWN, PLEASANT DAVID, born Nov. 26, 
1886, at Granite Quarry. Parents: Nathan and Rosa S. 
(Agner) Brown. Two uncles were the Revs. H. M. 
and R. L. Brown. Educated: M.P.C.I., Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1909, A.M. 1910; Philadelphia Sem., 1913; New- 
berry Coll., D.D. 1926. Married Florence Adelle 
Bodenhorn, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 20, 1913. Chil- 
dren: Robert Meredith, Janice Adelle, Barbara Louise, 
Lois Elizabeth. Ordained 1913 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Woman's Memorial (Emmanuel), 
High Point, 1913-21; Ebenezer, Columbia, S. C, 
1921-39; St. John, Salisbury, 1939-52. Elected second 
full-time president, N. C. Synod, 1949, but declined. 
Member, 1940-52, president, 1943-52, Board of 
Southern Sem.; elected president of Southern Sem., 
1938, but declined. From 4 to 12 years, member of ULCA boards and commissions, 
including Exec. Board, Parish & Church School, Social Missions, Education, Church 
Papers, Theol. Education, and Nat. Luth. Coun., also of Comm. to Study Change 
of Officers' Titles to Conform to Ecclesiastical and Historical Usage. Delegate from 
S. C. and N. C. Synods to 12 ULCA conventions, chaplain 1946 convention. ULCA 
delegate to Lund, Sweden, Luth. World Fed. Convention, 1947. Author of "The 
Christian Home" (study text); "Christ in the Home: The Family Altar" (L.L.M. leaf- 
let); "Things We Ought to Know" (pamphlet on church worship); and "The Widow's 
Mite" (meditation in "God's Moment"); also, editor, Sept. 1936 issue of "Light For 
Today". A preacher of ability and power, a pastor of warmth of love, and a valuable 
man of counsel and leadership in all concerns of the church. Died Aug. 3, 1952; 
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BROWN, RICHARD L., born March 18, 1842, in 
Rowan Co. Parents: Solomon and Amy (Miller) 
Brown. The older brother of the Rev. H. M. Brown, 
and an uncle of the Rev. P. D. Brown. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., A.B. 1867; self-taught in theology. Mar- 
ried Nancy E. Agner, Rowan Co., Jan. 31, 1866. Chil- 
dren: Mary L. R., David Solomon, Lewis D. Henry, 
John Richard, Maxwell Melanchthon, Cora Ann (five 
of whose seven sons became Lutheran pastors), Mar- 
cus Calvin. Licensed 1868 and ordained 1871 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served, 1867-1903: St. Ste- 
phen, Cabarrus Co.-Luthers-St. Matthew, Rowan 
Co.; Christiana-Union, Rowan Co.; Reformation-St. 
Matthew, Davie Co.; Providence, Rowan Co.; Pros- 
perity (now Cross of Christ), Cabarrus Co. -Emman- 
uel, Rowan Co. -organized Faith, Faith; supplied St. Peter, Rowan Co. No record 
of pastoral activity after 1903. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1875. Wrote a history of the 
Michael Brown Family. Died 1923; buried at Christiana Church, Granite Quarry. 



BROWN, THOMAS SHANNON, born Nov. 24, 
1857, at Wytheville, Va. Parents: Joseph and Sarah 
(Hudson) Brown. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1879; Gettysburg Sem., 1882. Married Lucy Ashton 
Dillard, at Charlotte, 1886. Children: Thomas Shan- 
non, Jr., Mattie Jordan, Jennie Bass, Sarah Josephine, 
Ellen Gladys, Lucy Mabon. Licensed 1881 and or- 
dained 1882 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Mark, Charlotte, 1882-90; in Va., 1890-95; in Pa., 
1895-1909; in S. C, 1909-12, 1922-26; in N. C, 
Macedonia, Burlington-Peace, Guilford Co., 1913-22; 
in Savannah, Ga.; Ascension, 1926 (10 mos. supply), 
and Reformation, 1927-40. Retired 1940 at Savannah, 
Ga. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1884. Member, N. C. 
Synod committee (with Pastors W. G. Campbell, 
F. W. E. Peschau, and George H. Cox), which organized four licensed Negro min- 
isters and their congregations of N. C. Synod into "The Alpha Synod of the Evan- 
gelical Lutheran Church of Freedmen in America", 1889. Died July 18, 1941; buried 
in Elm wood Cemetery, Columbia, S. C. 




BROWN, WILLIAM ROEDEL, born Aug. 9, 1859, 
at Wytheville, Va. Parents: Rufus and Margaret (Ear- 
hart) Brown. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 1883; Phila- 
delphia Sem., 1886. Married Mary Eve Cassell, Rural 
Retreat, Va., March 1, 1888. Children: Anna Mar- 
garet, Florence Earhart, Paul Cassell, Josephine Vir- 
ginia. Ordained 1886, Min. of Pa. Churches served: 
Organ-Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1886-94; in Va., 1894- 
1900. Retired 1900, account of ill-health, but did 
supply preaching. President, 1908, treasurer, 1907, 
S. W. Va. Synod. Member, Board of Marion Coll., 
1893-1937, and board president, 1917-32. Died Dec. 
29, 1937; buried at Kimberling Church, Wythe Co., 
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BRUCE, JIMMY LANE, born Dec. 1, 1937, near Salisbury. Parents: Armond 
Glenn and Lillian (Jacobs) Bruce. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1960; South- 
ern Sem, B.D. 1963. Married: Martha Susan Link, daughter of the Rev. J. Lester 
Link, at Hickory, Aug. 7, 1960. Children: Jonathan Mark, Martha Constance. Or- 
dained 1963 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. James, near Chilhowie, Va, 
1963-. 

BUCK, JAMES LAFAYETTE, born Sept. 19, 1846, in Wythe Co., Va. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., A.B.; Southern Sem., 1878. Married Callie Louise Cobb, Guilford 
Co., Oct. 23, 1883. Children: Bachman Krauth, James Seiss, Beale Cobb, Callie Vir- 
ginia, Carl Russell. Licensed 1877 and ordained 1878 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Va., 1878-81; in N. C, 1881-90: Friedens, Guilford Co.-St. Paul, Ala- 
mance Co. -Macedonia, Burlington; Lutheran Chapel, China Grove-Center Grove, 
Cabarrus Co.; again in Va., 1890-93; after 1893 in Pa., Fla., S. C, and Miss. Secre- 
tary, N. C. Synod, 1886-88. Retired 1911 at Jacksonville, Fla. Died March 29, 1920; 
buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla. 

BUCK, WILLIAM CROCKETT, born April 9, 1878, in Rural Retreat, Va. Par- 
ents: John Abe and Josephine (Wiseley) Buck. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1905, 
A.M. 1912; Southern Sem., 1909, B.D. 1927. Married Ora Leigh Conduff, Willis, Va., 
Sept. 7, 1910. Children: Helen Maxine, Mildred Lavane, Virginia Jeanette. Ordained 
1909 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1909-10; in N. C. 1910-25; St. 
Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co.; Reformation, Davie Co.; St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson 
Co.; Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co.; again in Va., 1927-31. Retired 1931 at Rural Hall, 
on account of ill-health, but supplied churches and taught school until 1947. Died 
Nov. 25, 1959; buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Rural Hall. 

BUMGARNER, LETHCO C, born May 10, 1901, 
in Catawba Co. Parents: Elsie Eugene and Lillie G. 
(Sigmon) Bumgarner. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B., A.Mus., 1924; Southern Sem, B.D, 1928. Mar- 
ried Martha Ellen Rimmer, native of England, Con- 
cord, 1937. Children: Joseph Eugene and Alice Di- 
anne. Ordained 1928 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Andrew, Concord, 1928-47; Lutheran 
Chapel, East Gastonia, 1947-52; St. Paul, Rowan Co, 
1952-58; co-pastor, Augsburg, Winston-Salem, 1958—. 
Secretary, Southern Conf, 1936-48. Chairman, Parish 
Education Comm., 1948-62. Member, Lutheridge 
Board since 1951. A resourceful leader in synod's 
work of parish education. 

BURNS, ERNEST TARVER, born Feb. 21, 1920, at Springfield, Ga. Parents: Ellis 
R. and Bessie L. (Gnann) Burns. Educated: Newberry Coll, A.B. 1954; Southern 
Sem, B.D. 1957. Married Kathryn Neidlinger, Springfield, Ga, April 21, 1943. 
Children: Sheron, Donita. Ordained 1957 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served, 1957- 
63: Good Shepherd, Walterboro, S. C; Trinity, Anniston, Ala.; and Ehrhardt, S. C. 
Transferred 1963 to N. C. Synod; St. Andrew, Concord, 1963-64. Transferred to 
Southeastern Synod, 1964. 1965: Trinity, Anniston, Ala. 




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BUSBY, LEVI E., born Sept. 5, 1849, in Lexington Dist., S. C. Educated: New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1875; Southern Sem., 1878. Received D.D. Married Miss S. A. 
Goode, Craig Co., Va., June 20, 1878. Children: One daughter, several sons. Li- 
censed 1877 and ordained 1878 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 
1878-96; in N. C: Mission work, Asheville; St. John, Salisbury, 1896-1902; Holy 
Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1902-03, also as co-principal, M. P.C.I. Established Leesville 
(S. C.) English and Classical Inst.; Secretary, S. C. Synod, 1881; secretary, N. C. 
Synod, 1898-1900. Jenssens' American Lutheran Biographies evaluates him thus: "In 
his preaching he was plain, practical, and pungent, fearless in denouncing wrong- 
doing and error; persuasive in urging men to a better life, enthusiastic in defense of 
the Gospel". Died March 14, 1903; buried at Mt. Pleasant. 

CAMPBELL, LARRY DAVID, bom July 10, 1937, at Hickory. Parents: Conrad S. 
and Mary Lee (Waller) Campbell. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1960; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Gaynell McEntire, Wilkesboro, June 24, 1960. Daugh- 
ter: Lisa Gaye. Ordained 1963 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Communion, 
Watauga Co., 1963-. 

CAMPBELL, WRIGHT GATEWOOD, born April 1, 1849, at Strasburg, Va. Par- 
ents: The Rev. John Francis and Martha C. (Gatewood) Campbell. Educated: Roa- 
noke Coll., graduating in 1870. Married Mary A. Ott, Woodstock, Va., Feb. 4, 1875. 
Children: Elizabeth Anne, Mary, Helen, Frank, Wright G., Jr., (last four died in 
infancy). Licensed 1877 by S. W. Va. Synod; ordained 1877 by Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Va., 1877-83; in Pa., 1883-86, and after 1893; in N. C: St. James, Con- 
cord, 1886-93; began the mission, 1890, and supplied it, which in 1893 was organ- 
ized as St. Andrew, Concord, by the Rev. George H. Cox. Member, Committee that 
organized four licensed Negro ministers and their congregations of N. C. Synod into 
"The Alpha Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Freedmen in America", 
1889. Professor, Irving Female Sem., 1895. U. S. Army chaplain in Cuba, 1898. Died 
1925; buried at Woodstock, Va. 

CANUP, MARTIN LUTHER, born March 10, 1879, 
in Rowan Co. Parents: Caleb and Julia Ann (Brown) 
Canup. Educated: M.P.C.I., Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1904; Philadelphia Sem., 1907; Wittenberg Coll., 
D.D. 1930. Married Inez Bollinger, Lancaster, Pa., 
June 19, 1918. Son: William Caleb. Ordained 1907 
by Va. Synod. Churches served: Woman's Memorial 
(now Emmanuel), High Point, 1909-12; First, Greens- 
boro, 1909-10; (1912-40) New York City; St. Louis, 
Mo.; Detroit, Mich. Retired 1940 at Detroit. Engaged 
in personnel work for Chrysler Corporation, 1940-53. 
Pastor to Lutheran students at Wayne Univ., Detroit, 
and soldiers and sailors in training there during 
World War II. Died Jan. 22, 1956; buried at St. Paul 
Church, Rowan Co. 

CARLSON, DAVID ALFRED, born July 23, 1923, at Bradford, Conn. Parents: 
The Rev. Gustave A. G. and Grace (Romberg) Carlson. Educated: Iowa State Univ., 
B.S. 1948; employed in chemical research, with some patents awarded, successively 
by Standard Oil Co., of Calif., Washington, D. C, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 




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Wilmington, Del., and Texas Butadiene and Chemical Corp., Houston, Tex., 1948- 
57; Centra] Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Gloria Arlene Eakins, Houston, Tex., March 
23, 1957. Son: Timothy Arvid. Ordained 1963 by Tex. -La. Synod, and transferred to 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Zion-New Bethel, Stanly Co., 1962-65; Prince of 
Peace, Kinston, 1965-. 

CARPENTER, CECIL WALTER, born May 26, 1919, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: 
The Rev. Rubertus Melanchthon and Blanche Viola (Thornburg) Carpenter. A grand- 
father was the Rev. Michael Luther Carpenter. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1940; Southern Sem., B.D. 1943. Married Dorothy M. Roesel, Augusta, Ga., June 1.1, 
1947. Children: Cecilia Roesel, Walter Alan, Tina Marie. Ordained 1943 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; in S. C, 1943-47; in Ga., 1947-. 1965: 
Messiah, Decatur, Ga. 

CARPENTER, MICHAEL LUTHER, bom Jan. 4, 1853, in Lincoln Co. Parents: 
Michael and Rebecca Carpenter. Educated: Catawba Coll., at Newton; no formal 
seminary training. Married Mary Christine Caroline Senter, Gaston Co., 1876. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. Rubertus Melanchthon, Jonas Michael, Violet Rebecca May, Martin 
Luther, George Loy, Malinda Caroline E., Walter T., Anna Pearl. The Rev. Cecil W. 
Carpenter is a grandson. Ordained 1875 by Jt. Synod of Ohio. Churches served: 
Gaston Co. parish of short-lived Tenn. Synod Reorganized; Jt. Synod churches in 
Va. Transferred 1912 to Tenn. Synod; Holy Communion-Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 
1913-18. Died Jan. 9, 1918; buried at Bethel Church, Gaston Co. 

CARPENTER, RUBERTUS MELANCHTHON, 

born Dec. 28, 1877, in Lincoln Co. Parents: The Rev. 
Michael Luther and Mary Christine Caroline (Senter) 
Carpenter. Educated: St. Paul's Practical Sem., Hick- 
ory, graduating in 1897. Married Blanche Viola 
Thornburg, Dallas, Oct. 4, 1905. Children: Elmer 
Louis, Bleeka Irene, Frieda Isabelle, Helen Viola, 
the Rev. Cecil Walter. Ordained 1897 by Jt. Synod 
of Ohio, his father officiating, and the same day in- 
stalling him in first charge. Churches served: Of Jt. 
Synod: In W. Va, 1897-1907; in N. C: Alexander 
Co, and Claremont, 1907-16; of Tenn. Synod, Cha- 
pin, S. C, 1916-23; of N. C. Synod, 1923-50: Daniels, 
Lincoln Co. -Grace, Catawba Co.; Bethany, Hickory; 
Philadelphia, Granite Falls-St. John, Hudson-St. Mat- 
thew, Caldwell Co.; Mt. Hermon-Sharon-St. Paul, Iredell Co. Retired 1950 at Hick- 
ory. Regular supply, St. Matthew, Caldwell Co, 1950-64. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 
1918-20. Delegate, Tenn. Synod to ULCA merger convention, 1918. Member, Board 
of Lenoir Rhyne Coll, and secretary, 1928-30. Senior pastor of synod in length of 
service since ordination. 

CARR, WILLIAM BURNEY, born Oct. 23, 1922, at Wadley, Ga. Parents: William 
Joseph and Belle (McGowan) Carr. Educated: Univ. Ga. (Atlanta Div.), B.C.S. 1954, 
first enrolling in 1948; Southern Sem, B.D. 1954. Married Betty Jean Hill, Atlanta, 
Ga, June 9, 1951. Ordained 1954 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In Ga, 1954- 
62; in N. C.: Grace, Thomasville, 1962-65; first full-time pastor, Philadelphia, Gaston 
Co, 1965—. Five years service, World War II, in South Pacific, U. S. Navy and 
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CARSWELL, ROBERT WAYNE, born Sept. 25, 1933, in Lincoln Co. Parents: 
Lester F. and Bryte (Wilson) Carswell. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Elizabeth Rhodes Cromer, Hickory, daughter of 
the Rev. Voigt Rhodes Cromer, Aug. 15, 1956. Children: Sara Lynn, David Voigt. 
Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: 
Faith, Warner Robins, Ga.; Shades Valley, Birmingham, Ala. 



CASTOR, BRADSHAW DeKIME, born March 10, 
1898, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: David Bradshaw and 
Barbara Bertie (Kime) Castor. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1923; Southern Sem., 
1926; graduate study, Univ. S. C. Married Olga Caro- 
line Linsemeyer, Bluefield, W. Va., Dec. 15, 1926. 
Children: Charles Robert, Ph.D., the Rev. David 
Frederick. Licensed 1926 and ordained 1927 by Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In Tenn. and Va., 1926-47; 
in N. C, since 1947; Trinity, Cabarrus Co.; St. Mar- 
tin, Stanly Co.; Shiloh, Forsyth Co.; Lebanon, Rowan 
Co. Member, Boards of Childrens Home, and of Wil- 
liams-Henson Home for Boys, Knoxville, Tenn. Busi- 
ness-circulation manager, the N. C. Lutheran, 1958—. 




CASTOR, DAVID FREDERICK, born Nov. 4, 1930, at Parrottsville, Tenn. Par- 
ents: The Rev. Bradshaw DeKime and Olga Caroline (Linsemeyer) Castor. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern Sem., B.D. 1955, S.T.M. 1959. Married 
Dorothy Claire Swan, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 24, 1952. Children: Jane Caroline, Mary 
Claire, Johnathan Todd. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod and transferred to S. C. 
Synod. 1965: University Church, Gainesville, Fla., and pastor to Lutheran students, 
Univ. of Fla. 



CASTOR, DAVID LARRY, born March 8, 1934, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Ross A. 
and Helen E. (Smith) Castor. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1957; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Faye R. Critcher, Boone, Aug. 25, 1957. Children: Chris- 
topher David, Cynthia Alane, Mark Gregory. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1960-62; Philadelphia, Granite Falls, 
1962-65; Resurrection, Kings Mountain, 1965-. 



CAUBLE, FRANK P., JR., born Nov. 20, 1905, in 
Lincoln Co. Parents: Frank P. and Mary Ellen (Coon) 
Cauble. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1926; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1929; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1929; 
Univ. N. C, Ph.D., 1934. Pastor to Lutheran students 
at Univ. N. C, 1931-32. Married Lela Custis Melton, 
Badin, Sept. 1, 1934. Daughter: Lela Ellen. Ordained 
1931 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Matthew- 
St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1932-38; Lutheran Chapel, 
Gastonia, 1938-41; St. Andrew, Hickory, 1941-53. 
Transferred 1953 to Md. Synod. Member, Boards of 
Childrens Home, 1938-41, and Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1941-53. Instructor, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1942-43. 
Author of "Centennial History of St. Matthew's Luth- 
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Lutheran and other Lutheran periodicals. Wife is prize-winning composer of piano 
music. 1965: Bethlehem, Lynchburg, Va. 

CAUBLE, HERMAN WOODROW, born Nov. 11, 1918, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Luther Charles and Pearl (Safrit) Cauble. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1940; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1943; graduate study, Southern and Chicago Sems. Married 
Elizabeth Petrea, Salisbury, daughter of the Rev. B. E. Petrea, 1944. Children: 
Herman Woodrow, Jr., Charles Eugene, Cynthia Elizabeth, Susan Dale. Ordained 
1943 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. John (Asst.), Salisbury, 1943-44; St. John, 
Cabarrus Co., 1944-49. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1949; Ascension, Columbia, 
S. C, 1949-65. Secretary, S. C. Synod, 1965-. 

CAUBLE, JOHN L., born Jan. 8, 1905, at Salisbury. Parents: H. W. and Kath- 
erine B. (Parker) Cauble. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1927; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1930; Midland Coll., D.D. 1958. Married Jennie L. Lineberger, Mt. Holly, June 
25, 1930. Children: John Robert, Walter Lee, Clifford Paul. Ordained 1930 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Miss. Synod. Churches served: In Miss., Ind., Alaska, 
Wash., and since 1951 St. Mark, Salem, Ore. 

CHAPMAN, LEMUEL HEZEKIAH DREHER (H. D ), bom Nov. 29, 1875, in 
Little Mountain, S. C. Parents: J. L. and Almenia (Dreher) Chapman. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., 1904-06; Univ. S. C, 1907-09; Southern Sem., 1915, B.D. 1927. 
Married Clara Mabel Easier, Spartanburg, S. C, May 2, 1915. Children: Jacob 
Dreher, Verna Mabel, Hugh David, Norman Stanley, Virginia Ruth, Mary Ann, Clara 
Elizabeth. Ordained 1915 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va. and Holston 
Synods, 1915-21; at Rockingham, Va., Tenn. Synod church, when N. C. & Tenn. 
Synods merged, 1921. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1924, with other N. C. Synod pas- 
tors and congregations in Va. Last parish, Sharpsburg, Md., 1925-44. Died Jan. 19, 
1944; buried at Sharpsburg, Md. 

CHU, DANIEL, born March 20, 1918, in Sinyang, Honan, China. Parents: The 
Rev. Chu Hao Ran and Wang Hsuch Tao. Educated: Cheloo Univ., in China; Wit- 
tenberg Univ. B.A. 1950; Hamma Divinity Sch., B.D. 1951. Married Shirley Liu, 
Kityang, China, Dec. 25, 1941. Children: Franklin, William, Daniel, Jr., Elizabeth. 
Ordained 1953 in Hongkong, for N. C. Synod by the Rev. Charles Reinbrecht, at 
request of ULCA Board of Foreign Missions. Churches served: In Malaya under 
Mission Board, 1953-55. Transferred 1955 to Ohio Synod; St. Luke, Springfield, 
Ohio, 1955-. 

CLARK, BENJAMIN McLAURIN, bom July 31, 1895, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: 
J. H. and Janie (Alewine) Clark. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1920, D.D. 1961; 
Southern Sem., 1923, B.D. 1925; Univ. S. C, A.M. 1922. Married Nellie Irene Gil- 
bert, Statesville, May 14, 1924. Daughter: Betty Kathryn. Ordained 1923 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1923-28. Transferred 
to S. C. Synod, 1928. In S. C: St. John, Walhalla, 1928-54; Grace, Prosperity, 1954- 
65. Retired 1965 at Walhalla, S. C. Long-time pastor to Lutheran students at Clem- 
son Univ. Member, Board of Childrens Home, 1943-55. 

CLAUSEN, FREDERICK BERNARD, bom Feb. 25, 1880, in New York City. 
Parents: John F. and Susan (Abel) Clausen. Educated: Wagner Coll., A.B. 1900; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1903; Hartwick Coll., D.D. 1933. Married first Freda Reineck, 



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Rochester, N. Y, March 1, 1905. Children: Frederick R., Marguerite. Second mar- 
riage to Rose Enssle, Waterloo, Canada, Jan. 31, 1931. No children. Ordained 1903 
by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In New York City, 1903-12, 1918-31; in N. C: 
St. Paul, Wilmington, 1912-18. President and dean, Waterloo Coll. and Sem., Kitch- 
ener, Ont, Canada, 1931-42. Died Aug. 5, 1942; buried at New York City. 

CLINE, JOHN PHILIP, born in 1803, at Woodstock, Va., the son of Henry Klein. 
Studied theology under the Rev. S. S. Schmucker. Licensed 1826 and ordained 1829 
by N. C. Synod at St. John, Wythe Co., Va. With other N. C. Synod pastors and 
laymen in Va., assisted in organizing Va. Synod in 1829, and in drafting its constitu- 
tion. Churches served: In Va., 1828-34, 1847-66: St. Matthew, New Market; Solo- 
mons, Forestville; Zion, Edinburg; and Emanuel, Woodstock; in Md., 1834-47. He 
and the Rev. Socrates Henkel were, it is said, assistants to the Rev. Ambrose Henkel. 
Died 1866. 



CLINE, ROBERT HENRY, born Nov. 1, 1859, at 
Startown, Catawba Co. Parents: Eli Davidson and 
Roxanna (Star) Cline. The Rev. W. P. Cline was an 
older brother. Educated: Catawba Coll., Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1885; studied theology under course of 
Tenn. Synod Board of Education; N. C. Coll., M.A.; 
Roanoke Coll., D.D. 1940. Married Sara Alice Cline, 
Newton, Feb. 23, 1886. Children: T. H., Miriam, 
Anna Myrtle, Carl P., William Russell, Harry Glenn, 
Robert Frederick, Ed Wynn. Ordained 1885 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Moriah, Rowan 
Co, 1886-90; in Va, 1890-1900; again in N. C, 
1900-15: St. John, Cherry ville-St. Mark, Crouse, sup- 
plying St. Paul, Crouse; Cedar Grove, Lincoln Co, 
supplying Sardis, Catawba Co.; Trinity, Vale; St. 
Luke-Morning Star, Monroe; Christ, Stanley. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1915. Re- 
tired 1934 at Roanoke, Va. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1890-92. Died Jan. 3, 1951; 
buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Roanoke, Va. 

CLINE, WILLIAM PINCKNEY, born March 21, 
1853, in Startown, Catawba Co. Parents: Eli David- 
son and Roxanna (Star) Cline. The Rev. R. H. Cline 
was a younger brother. Educated: Catawba Coll, 
Roanoke Coll, Univ. N. C, Ph.B. 1878; studied the- 
ology under the Rev. A. J. Fox; Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 
D.D. 1913. Married Julia Catherine Bost, Newton, 
1880. Children: First four died in infancy; Julia 
Ethel, the Rev. William Preston, Frances Naomi, 
Robert Benjamin. Ordained 1881 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served, 1880-1907: St. Matthew (supply), 
Kings Mountain; St. Luke, Lincoln Co.; Becks-Pil- 
grim-New Jerusalem-organized Holly Grove, David- 
son Co.; Mt. Olive, Hickory-organized St. Martin, 
Maiden; St. John (supply), Statesville, 4 years; St. 
Martin, Iredell Co.; Emmanuel (supply), Lincolnton; again St. Luke, Lincoln Co.- 
Sardis, Catawba Co.; Philadelphia, Granite Falls; Mt. Olive (again)-St. Andrew, 





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Hickory; organized Bethlehem, Catawba Go., 1907. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1907. 
President, Tenn. Synod, 1890-91. One of founders and professor, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1891-1901. Founder of Holly Grove Academy, 1885-1891. Superintendent, Lowman 
Home, 1911-22. President, Board of Publication, United Synod South, 1909-18. Died 
Sept. 11, 1925; buried at Hickory. 

CLONINGER, JACOB, born Oct. 26, 1826, in Gaston Co. Grew up in Ga., then 
moved to Tenn., after marriage. Studied theology under the Rev. J. R. Peterson. 
Married Mary E. Lineberger, Gaston Co., 1847. Children: One son, two daughters. 
Licensed 1859 and ordained 1861 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In Monroe and 
McMinn Cos., Tenn. Transferred to and took part in organization of Holston Synod, 
1861; one of three organizers living in 1886 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. 
Churches served: No record. A teacher of sacred vocal music. Died May 29, 1890; 
buried at St. Paul Church, Monroe Co., Tenn. 

CLONINGER, PAT CASWELL, born Oct. 3, 1929, in Gaston Co. Parents: A. E. 
and Lena (Plonk) Cloninger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern 
Sem., 1954. Ordained 1954 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. James, Catawba 
Co., 1954-57; Trinity, Vale, 1957-63. Demitted the ministry Jan. 13, 1963, from 
conviction that he could serve better as a layman. 

COBB, JAMES KIVETT, born Aug. 30, 1918, in Wythe Co., Va. Parents: The 
Rev. William Gurley and Emma Lillian (Akard) Cobb. The Rev. John W. Cobb is 
an older brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1942; Southern Sem., 1945. 
Married Sarah Ellen Wingard, Columbia, S. C, 1945. Children: James Gurley, Bessie 
Kathryn, Ellen Dianne. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 
1945-46; in N. C: organized and developed Reformation, Taylorsville, 1946-49; 
St. John, Hudson-St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., 1949-50; Philadelphia, Granite Falls, 
1949-52. Transferred 1952 to Va. Synod. 1965: Emmanuel, Roanoke, Va. 

COBB, JOHN WILLIAM, born Dec. 6, 1916, at Blountville, Tenn. Parents: The 
Rev. William Gurley and Emma Lillian (Akard) Cobb. The Rev. James K. Cobb is a 
younger brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1936; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1939; graduate study, Chicago Sem. Married Rachel Carolyn Moser, Greensboro, 
June 16, 1942. Children: John Moser, William Jerry. Ordained 1939 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Trinity, Rocky Mount, 1939-43; in Va., 1943-47; in Pa., 1947-57; 
Holy Trinity, Raleigh, and pastor to Lutheran students at N. C. State Univ. and other 
institutions, 1957—. Member, Childrens Home Board, 1960-64. Dean, Eastern Dist, 
N. C. Synod, 1962—, and member, Exec. Board 1964—. Freedoms Foundation Award 
for sermon preached, 1956. 

COBB, PAUL BRYSON, born Sept. 22, 1922, at Greensboro. Parents: A. C. and 
Hyacinth (Mangum) Cobb. Educated: Duke Univ., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1945. Married Edna Louise Bowers, of Newberry, S. C, at Concord, Oct. 14, 1947. 
Children: Rosalyn Louise, Martha Ellen. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Calvary, Concord, 1945-49; Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1946-49; Alamance, 
Alamance, 1949-53; Ascension, Shelby, 1953-60. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1960. 
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COBB, WILLIAM GURLEY, born Dec. 30, 1887, 
in Guilford Co. Parents: John Calvin and Mary Emma 
(Starr) Cobb. Educated: Elon Coll., Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1911; Southern Sem., 1914, B.D. 1927; graduate 
study, Chicago Sem. Married Emma Lillian Akard, 
Sullivan Co., March 3, 1916. Children: The Rev. John 
William, the Rev. James Kivett, Mary Emma (mar- 
ried the Rev. J. D. Mauney, Jr.), Margaret Elizabeth 
(married the Rev. W. D. Moser, Jr.), Martha Louise, 
Mildred Marie, Frances Irene. Ordained 1914 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: of Holston Synod in 
Tenn., 1914-17; of S. W. Va. Synod in Va., 1917-22; 
in N. C, 1922-54: Salem-Grace, Rowan Co.; then 
Salem alone; (supply) Lebanon, Rowan Co., 1 year; 
Zion-Bethlehem-New Jerusalem, Catawba Co.; St. 
John, Cherryville, 1924-51; St. David, Kannapolis, 1951-54. Retired 1954 at Cherry- 
ville, but developed and organized Our Saviour, Gaston Co., 1957. Regular supply 
preaching to Sunday before death. Secretary, Holston Synod, 1914-17. Member, 
Committee on Merger of Holston, S. W. Va., and Va. Synods. Member, Boards of 
Lowman Home, 1928-42, and Childrens Home, 1942-53. Died May 18, 1960; buried 
at St. John Church, Cherryville. 

COFFMAN, J. H., attended Roanoke Coll. Licensed 1848 by N. C. Synod, but 
never ordained. Churches served: St. Enoch, Rowan Co., 1849-50; St. John, Salis- 
bury, 1848-52. Moved to S. C, 1852. 

CONDER, IRENAEUS, bom Oct. 17, 1832, in Union Co. Parents: Philip and 
Sophia (Byrum) Conder. A son of old Morning Star Church near Matthews. Edu- 
cated: Davidson Coll., N. C. Coll., (closed 1861 account of war before his gradua- 
tion), hon. A.M. 1872; studied theology under the Rev. Poly carp C. Henkel. Married 
Susan Catherine Conrad, Forsyth Co., 1866. Children: Ella E. Frances L., Anna S., 
Conn Luther. Licensed 1859 and ordained 1861 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served 
1861-66: Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1 year; Becks-Pilgrim-New Jerusalem, Davidson 
Co.; of Tenn. Synod in Va., 1867-94. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 3 one-year terms, 
president, 1893. Author of a book, "A Plea for Teaching the Decalogue in the Public 
Schools". Contributor to Our Church Paper, New Market, Va. Retired 1898 in Mc- 
Gaheysville, Va. Died Aug. 31, 1928; buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McGaheys- 
ville, Va. 

CONE, WILLIAM H., born Dec. 11, 1825. Mar- 
ried first Carmilla (Cornelia) C. Miller, Dec. 21, 1865. 
Second marriage to Barbara A. Shirley, New Market, 
Va., Dec. 7, 1876. Son: Shirley Z., who died at 25 
years of age. Ordained 1858 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1866. Churches served 
in N. C. 1864-81: Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke-Lebanon, 
Davidson Co.; in Rowan Co.: Union, Organ, and 
St. John, Salisbury; supplied St. James, Concord, 3 
years; also in Rowan Co.: St. Peter, St. Matthew, 
Luthers, Lutheran Chapel, Center Grove, and St. 
Paul. President, N. C. Synod, 1872-73. Moved to New 
Market, Va., his wife's home city, and engaged in 
her family's business of making carriages and wagons. 
Died Dec. 22, 1902; buried at St. Matthew Church, 
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CONRAD, DAVID FRY, born July 21, 1921, at High Point. Parents: The Rev. 
Flavius Leslie and Mary (Huffman) Conrad. Older brother is the Rev. F. L. Conrad, 
Jr., and younger brother the Rev. Paul L. Conrad; one of their sisters is wife of the 
Rev. Philip L. Wahlberg, Jr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1942; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1945. Married Janis Patton, Birmingham, Ala., June 24, 1948. Children: 
David Mark, Timothy Patton, Hugh Victor, Charles Kristian. Ordained 1945 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod. In Ala., and Grace, Houston, Tex. since 
1955. Educational secretary in Negro Communities, for Nat. Luth. Council, 1952-55. 

CONRAD, E. PARKER, born July 29, 1879, in Davidson Co. Parents: George W. 
and Mary Anne (Leonard) Conrad. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1900; Chi- 
cago Sem., 1903/04. Married Myrtle Graeber, China Grove, May 27, 1908. Children: 
Faith, Hope, Charity. Ordained 1904 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Augsburg, 
Winston-Salem, 1904-05. Transferred to Chicago Synod, 1905. Churches in Ind., 
and Ohio. Retired 1956 at Middle Point, Ohio. Supply preaching to 1955. Died June 
24, 1956; buried in Ridge Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio. 




CONRAD, FLAVIUS LESLIE, born May 
23, 1894, in Davidson Co. Parents: Charles 
F. and Frances E. (Fritz) Conrad. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1916, D.D. 1941; 
Southern Sem., 1919, B.D. 1926; graduate 
study Univ. S. C. Married Mary W. Huff- 
man, Hickory, June 24, 1919. Children: The 
Rev. Flavius Leslie, Jr., the Rev. David Fry, 
Rachel (married the Rev. Philip L. Wahl- 
berg, Jr.), Rebekah, the Rev. Paul Luther. 
Ordained 1919 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: Philadelphia, Granite Falls-St. John, 
Hudson-St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., 1919- 
21; Emmanuel, High Point, 1921-49, and 
secretary of N. C. Synod, 1937-49. Presi- 
dent, N. C. Synod, 1949-62, account of age 
ineligible for election as president, N. C. 
Synod of LCA. Member, Board of Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., 1935-49, then ex officio as 
synod president to 1962. In ULCA, member 
of Board of American Miss., and other 
boards and committees, and delegate to 



conventions, 1937-62. Retired Dec. 31, 1962, at Kure Beach. Honored by having his 
name given to Conrad Hall (dormitory) at Lenoir Rhyne Coll., and to Conference 
Room in the Church House at Salisbury. As President of Synod he assisted the Comm. 
on Historical Work in the production of the "History of the Lutheran Church in 
North Carolina"; and as a member of this committee he collaborated in the prepara- 
tion and publication of the 1953-1963 "Supplement", also this volume of biograph- 
ical sketches. 

CONRAD, FLAVIUS LESLIE, JR., born May 5, 1920, at High Point. Parents: 
The Rev. Flavius Leslie and Mary W. (Huffman) Conrad. Two brothers are the 
Revs. David F. and Paul L. Conrad. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1941; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1944; Temple Univ., S.T.M. 1955, S.T.D. 1958. Married Mary 
Elizabeth Isenhour, Salisbury, Nov. 4, 1944. Children: Elizabeth Ann, Susan Leslie. 



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Ordained 1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Timothy, Catawba Co., 1944- 
49; Holy Comforter, Belmont, 1949-50. Executive Secretary, Luther League of 
America, 1950-60. Transferred to Tex.-La. Synod, 1960. Contributor to Lutheran 
and other magazines, including the Lutheran Quarterly and Christian Century Pulpit; 
writer of Augsburg Lessons for Young People; and author of "Four Non-Denomina- 
tional Youth Movements" (1955, Nat. Coun. of Churches). Listed in "Who's Who 
in the East", and "Who's Who in the South and Southwest". 

CONRAD, GEORGE DWIGHT, born Sept. 21, 1912, at Thomasville. Parents: 
C. H. and Mary Ellen (Clemmons) Conrad. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1936; Southern Sem., B.D. 1939. Married Ruth Shoaf, Thomasville, May 21, 1939. 
Children: Linda Ruth, Rebecca Elaine, Martha Annette. Ordained 1939 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Assistant, St. Mark, Charlotte, 1939-40; Bethany, Hickory, 
1940—. New church with educational wings built, 1961-62; plans are for two more 
educational wings and fellowship building to begin about 1965. 

CONRAD, PAUL LUTHER, born April 20, 1931, at High Point. Parents: The 
Rev. Flavius Leslie and Mary W. (Huffman) Conrad. Two older brothers are the 
Revs. Flavius Leslie, Jr., and David F. Conrad. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1953; Southern Sem., 1956. Married Laura Katherine Oxner, West Columbia, S. C, 
June 23, 1956. Children: Tina Marie, Laurie Janise. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Concordia, Rowan Co., 1956-59; Prince of Peace, Kinston, 1959- 
64; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1964-. Assistant Editor, North Carolina Lutheran, 1959-. 

COOK, EDWIN ALEXANDER, born April 22, 1928, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
Frank McDonald and Mary Jane (Castor) Cook. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
I960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Verna Mae Troutman, Kannapolis, March 
16, 1957. Children: Rebecca Ann, David Alexander, Lydia Jane. Ordained 1963 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Cobles, Guilford Co., 1963-. 

COOK, FRANK P., born May 23, 1854, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: Matthew and 
Mary Magdalene (Costner) Cook. His father, a native of Germany, was "Baptized a 
Catholic, buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, 1894". Educated: N. C. Coll., 
A.B. 1874; Philadelphia Sem., 1877. Married Emma M. Melhorn, sister of the Rev. 
Dr. N. R. Melhorn, long-time editor of The Lutheran, Ada, Ohio, June 24, 1885. 
Her father was born and baptized a Catholic, but was confirmed into the Lutheran 
faith by his son-in-law. Children: Martha A., Mary A. Ordained 1877 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Assistant to Dr. G. D. Bernheim, St. Paul, Wilmington, 
1877-78. Transferred to Ohio Synod, 1878. In Ohio, 1878-1910; in Pa., 1910-19. 
Died Dec. 13, 1919; buried in Woodlawn cemetery, Ada, Ohio. 

COOPER, DAVID F., born May 1, 1917, in High Point. Parents: Hubert F. and 
Pearle (Bostian) Cooper. Uncles were the Revs. E. C, G. H., and L. G. Cooper. 
Educated: High Point Coll., A.B. 1938; Southern Sem., B.D. 1941. Married Lillian 
Josephine Goodwin, Charlotte, Jan. 2, 1943. Children: David Mark, Paul Robert, 
Stephen Goodwin, Michael James. Ordained 1941 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Assistant, St. Mark, Charlotte, 1941-43; St. David-Redeemer, Kannapolis, 1943-47; 
Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1947-49. Full-time Director for CHEY employed by Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., 1949-50. Organized and developed Good Shepherd, Brevard, 
1950-54. Transferred to Tex.-La. Synod, 1954. Editor, North Carolina Lutheran 
and N. C. Correspondent for The Lutheran, 1951-54. 1965: St. Paul, Baton 
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COOPER, EDGAR CLAUDIUS, born March 29, 
1887, near China Grove. Parents: John Francis Jacob 
and Martha Jane (Page) Cooper. Two younger broth- 
ers: The Revs. G. H. (deceased) and L. G. Cooper. 
Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1907; Princeton Univ., 
A.M. 1909; Philadelphia Sem, 1912; Hartford Sem., 
Ph.D. 1927. Married Vera Lavene Mauney, sister of 
the Rev. J. D. Mauney, Sr., and aunt of the Revs. 
J. Luther, J. D., Jr., and Marshall Mauney, Kings 
Mountain, Sept. 11, 1913. Children: Jacob Mauney, 
Margaret Juletta, the Rev. Edgar Mauney. Ordained 
1912 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 
1912-14; in Philadelphia, Pa., 1914-23; in N. C: 
First, Albemarle, 1923-25; synodical missionary, 1927- 
37, serving and developing Holy Comforter, Bel- 
mont; Bethany, Kannapolis; St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe; Calvary, Morganton; 
Watauga (Co.) Parish; and Ascension, Shelby. Director of Religious Training, and 
chaplain of Raleigh prisons, N. C. State prison system, 1937-39. President and part- 
time professor, N. T. Introduction and Interpretation, Southern Sem., 1939-45. Served 
Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, 1946-53, raising part of funds and building church and 
parsonage, also as pastor to Lutheran students at Univ. of N. C. Chaplain, U. S. 
Penitentiary, Adanta, Ga., 1945-46. Quite successful in fund-raising for seminary 
and some of churches served. Retired 1953 at Kings Mountain. Later, guest professor 
(N. T. and Greek), Dana Coll., Blair, Neb., and Pacific Sem., Berkeley, Calif. Author 
of "Jude— Author of Hebrews", in The Lutheran Quarterly, and of book in MS, 
"The Source Value of John's Gospel", on which he was working in the final month 
of his life. Died May 26, 1963; buried in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain. 

COOPER, GEORGE HERMAN, born Feb. 17, 1894, near China Grove. Parents: 
John Francis Jacob and Martha Jane (Page) Cooper. Two brothers are the late Rev. 
E. C. and the Rev. L. G. Cooper. Educated: Roanoke Coll., Univ. N. C, A.B. 1916; 
Southern Sem., 1920, B.D. 1924; Chicago Sem., S.T.M. 1928; graduate study, Univ. 
Chicago. Married Doris Victoria Ritchie, Richfield, Sept. 25, 1924. Daughters: Doris 
Jean, Ruth Victoria. Ordained 1920 by N. C. Synod. Churches served, 1920-26: 
St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co.; Haven, Salisbury. Transferred to 111. Synod, 1926. 
Churches in 111., at Chicago, Joliet, and Wheaton; pastor emeritus of last, 1960. 
Retired at Salisbury. Chaplain, U. S. Army, 1941-46, retiring as Lieut. Col., in re- 
serves. President one year, Nat. Chap. Assoc. Died May 15, 1961; buried in Green- 
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COOPER, LUTHER GRADY, born July 10, 1902, 
near China Grove. Parents: John Francis Jacob and 
Martha Jane (Page) Cooper. Older brothers were the 
Revs. E. C. and G. H. Cooper. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1922; Univ. S. C, A.M. 1924; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1925; Hartford Sem., Ph.D. 1927; Union 
Sem., S.T.M. 1957. Married Miriam R. Greever, 
daughter of the Rev. Walton H. Greever, Columbia, 
S. C, Dec. 30, 1936. Children: Kathryn Anne, John 
Walton, Virginia Roberta. Ordained 1927 by N. C. 
Synod. ULCA missionary, Shantung, China, 1928-48. 
Secretary and president at times of Shantung Luth- 
eran Mission. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1948. 1965: 
Professor and head of dept. of Bible and Religious 
Education, Newberry College. 

COSTNER, JACOB, born Aug. 27, 1788. At third session (1822) of Tenn. Synod, 
his ordination as deacon, by the Revs. Paul and David Henkel, or one of them, was 
authorized. No record of his having been ordained as pastor, or of churches served. 
Married Mary Ann Rudisill, Feb. 10, 1810, who bore him ten children, five of whom 
survived him. Died March 19, 1862. (From an obituary record). 

COUNTS, ERNEST KARL, born Jan. 28, 1897, in Newberry Co., S. C. Parents: 
Joseph A. and Ada M. (Aull) Counts. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1919; Southern 
Sem., 1922. Married Nellie L. Derrick, Columbia, S. C, May 23, 1922. Children: 
Mary Elizabeth, Etta Ruth, Inez Ernesteen. Ordained 1922 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Martin, Stanly Co., -St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1922-26. Transferred to 
Miss. Synod, 1926. From 1935 in S. C. Synod. Now retired at West Columbia, S. C. 

COUNTS, ROBERT PAUL, born April 26, 1928, in Lingle, Miss. Parents: The 
Rev. Fulton B. and Mattie E. (Roberts) Counts. The Rev. Henry P. Counts was his 
grandfather, and the Rev. Paul M. Counts an uncle. Educated: Newberry Coll., B.S. 
1950; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Shirley Marie Ziemer, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 
3, 1954. Children: Rebecca Ann, Karlena Naomi, Lisa Louise, Sheila Rae. Ordained 
1953 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In Ga. and Ala., 1953-60; St. Enoch, 
Rowan Co., 1960-64. 1965: Our Savior, Memphis, Tenn. 



COX, CLARENCE BROWN, born April 18, 1873, 
in Knox Co., Tenn. Parents: The Rev. George Henry 
and Nancy (McPherson) Cox. Educated: N. C. Coll., 
A.B. & A.M. 1895; Gettysburg Sem., 1898; Witten- 
berg Univ., D.D. 1924. Married first Cordelia E. 
Spangler, Gettysburg, Pa., April 12, 1899. Children: 
Cathrine, Cordelia. A grandson is the Rev. J. Daniel 
Brown. Second marriage to Blanche Bard Mearig, 
Norfolk, Va., May 21, 1912. Children: Elizabeth, 
Martha, Clarence Brown, Jr., Mary, Alfred Bard. Or- 
dained 1898 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mis- 
sion (later discontinued), 1899-1901; in Tenn., 1901- 
03; in N. C: Macedonia, Burlington-Peace, Guilford 
Co., 1903-12; in Va., 1912-36. Retired 1937 at High- 
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1916-28. President, Va. Synod, 1922-26. Delegate to 1918 ULCA merger convention. 
Died April 4, 1942; buried at Burlington. 

COX, GEORGE HENRY, bom Aug. 9, 1838, in 
Boston, Mass., youngest of fourteen children, and 
only one of seven sons to reach maturity. Parents: 
Lemuel and Mary (Tras) Cox. Father, perhaps a 
Quaker, died three weeks before son's birth. Mother 
jit was a Methodist. Baptized at age 22 in Presbyterian 

Church in Elizabethton, Tenn., having moved to 
all Tenn. at sixteen with family of one of his sisters. Edu- 
cated: In Boston (Mass.) schools. Taught school in 
Tenn., and studied theology under the Rev. Abel J. 
Brown. Married first Nannie E. McPherson, Tennes- 
see, but formerly of Chatham Co., N. C, Jan. 1866. 
Children: Effie Best (mother of the Rev. C. Ross 
Ritchie, Sr.), the Rev. C. Brown. Second marriage 
to Mrs. Ellen Kesler Barringer, Rowan Co., April 
1896. Children: No record. He, a Presbyterian, and first wife, a Methodist, made a 
comparative study of doctrines of churches in their Tenn. community, and under 
guidance of the Rev. A. J. Brown read in The Book of Concord. They were con- 
firmed into Lutheran faith by Dr. Brown Oct. 1870 in Emmanuel Church, Sullivan 
Co., Tenn. Licensed 1871 and ordained 1872 by Holston Synod. Churches served: 
Of Hoist. Synod in Tenn., to 1887; also owned and operated a female seminary at 
Morristown, Tenn., with as many as 175 students. In Dec. 1887 rode horseback to 
N. C. Churches served in N. C, 1888-1922: Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co.; 
New Bethel, Stanly Co.; organized and supplied St. Andrew, Concord; in Rowan 
Co.: Organ-Ebenezer; organized Emmanuel, and Wittenberg, Granite Quarry; sup- 
plied First, Albemarle; St. Enoch, Rowan Co. -Trinity, Cabarrus Co.; Christ, East 
Spencer; Cold Water-St. John, Cabarrus Co.; and supplied Lebanon, Rowan Co. 
Secretary, treasurer, president, Holston Synod. President, N. C. Synod, 1890-93, 
1904-08. Received D.D. degree. Volunteer in Confederate States Army, 1861 to war's 
end; wounded several times, captured three times, each time escaped. Author, with 
Dr. G. D. Bernheim, of "History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Ministerium 
of North Carolina", (1902). Besides his son and grandson, two great-grandsons are 
Lutheran ministers, the Revs. C. Ross Ritchie, Jr., and J. Daniel Brown. Retired 1922 
at Salisbury. Died Dec. 7, 1928, buried at Mt. Pleasant. His funeral in St. John, 
Salisbury, was conducted by synod president, Dr. Jacob L. Morgan, with thirty 
Lutheran ministers and one Episcopal rector seated in chancel and taking part. 

CRAUN, WILLIAM ARTHUR, born Nov. 28, 1880, in Rockingham Co., Va. 
Parents: Charles Edward Granville and Sarah Etta (Early) Craun. Educated: Roa- 
noke Coll., A.B. 1911; Southern Sem., 1914; Univ. S. C, A.M. 1914; Chicago Sem., 
B.D. 1922. Married Rosa B. Lowman, at Brunswick, Ga., June 24, 1914. Children: 
Alvin Edward, Dwight Marvin. Ordained 1914 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In 
Va., 1914-21; in Ind., 1922-24; in N. C, Calvary, Morganton-Mt. Hebron, Hilde- 
bran, 1924-27. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1927. Died Dec. 21, 1931; buried at 
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CRIGLER, JOHN FIELDING, born Oct. 13, 1869, 
in Madison Co., Va. Parents: Jason Cornelius and 
Mary Elizabeth (Aylor) Crigler. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1892, D.D. 1924; Gettysburg Sem., 1896. 
Married Edith Norris Wolf, born in Guntur, India, 
daughter of the Rev. L, B. Wolf, Lutherville, Md., 
Oct. 7, 1903. Children: Elizabeth Aylor, Catherine 
Wolf, Eleanor Fielding, John Fielding, Jr., Norris 
Wolf, Benner Bittinger. Licensed 1895, ordained 1896 
by Md. Synod. Churches served: In Md., 1896-1915, 
also as instructor in Bible in Maryland Coll., Luther- 
ville, Md., 1900-15; St. Mark, Charlotte, 1915-48. 
Secretary, Md. Synod, 1913-15. Member, Board of 
Deaconess Work, and Comm. on Evangelism, ULCA. 
Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., and Southern 
Sem. Author of a religious drama published, "Saul of Tarsus"; contributor of articles 
and poems to church periodicals. Retired 1948 at Charlotte. Died Aug. 26, 1962; 
buried at Hebron Church, Madison Co., Va. 

CRIM, JACOB, licensed 1837 by S. C. Synod. Transferred to N. C. Synod 1839, 
and ordained in 1841. Churches served: In S. C, 1837-39; in N. C.: Nazareth-Shiloh, 
Forsyth Co., 1839-40; Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1839-42; New Jeru- 
salem (1843-60)-St. Matthew (1845-61), Davie Co.; organized Bethel (1851-58, 1861- 
62)-Salem (1860-62), Rowan Co. Secretary, 1850, president, 1864, N. C. Synod. Mem- 
ber, first board of N. C. Coll., 1859. Buried in Texas. 

CROMER, JAMES ALBERT, born Aug. 18, 1847, 
in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Daniel and Julia 
Ann (Monts) Cromer. Educated: N. C. Coll., 1876; 
studied theology under the Rev. Daniel Efird. Mar- 
ried Mary Jane Roof, Lexington Co., S. C, 1871. 
Children: Silas Dean, the Rev. Joseph Lee (father 
of the Rev. Voigt R. Cromer), Lottie Cornelia, Cy- 
prian I., Hattie Irene, Charles Webster, Robert Yoder, 
Julian Daniel. Licensed 1876 and ordained 1878 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Of the Tenn. Synod, 
which after merger of N. C. and Tenn. Synods be- 
came S. C. Synod churches, in home area of Lexing- 
ton Co, S. C, 1876-1921, as follows: Emmanuel, 
Zion, St. Peter, organized Pilgrim (1899), organized 
Grace (1893), and organized Mt. Hermon (1910); 
also St. Andrew, Richland Co.; served some of them for 20 to 25 years. At age 16, 
enlisted and served six months in Confederate States Army near close of War Be- 
tween the States. At 26, with wife and two children, mortgaged farm and attended 
N. C. Coll, to prepare for ministry. Along with pastoral ministry, pioneered in truck 
farming near Columbia, S. C, and thus primarily supported family. One church 
requiring forty miles of travel per month paid him $22.00 per year. Member, com- 
mittee for establishing and locating Summerland Coll, Batesburg, S. C. Died Jan. 1, 
1922; buried at Zion Church, Lexington Co, S. C. "He was highly esteemed by his 
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CROMER, JOSEPH LEE, born Sept. 7, 1874, in 
Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: The Rev. James Albert 
and Mary Jane (Roof) Cromer. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. & A.M. 1895; studied theology 
during college course. Married Lillie Mae Rhodes, 
Gaston Co., Nov. 1, 1899. Children: Prima, Alene, the 
Rev. Voigt Rhodes, John Albert. Ordained 1895 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C, 1895-1913: 
Beth Eden-St. James, Newton; St. Timothy, Catawba 
Co.; supplied, with others, Shiloh, Alexander Co.; 
Ebenezer, Catawba Co.; St. Martin, Maiden, 1900-01, 
1905-13; Philadelphia, Granite Falls; Holy Trinity, 
Gastonia; Rhodhiss, Caldwell Co.; Mt. Hebron, Hil- 
debran; Salem, Lincoln Co.; Tenn. Synod churches 
in S. C, at Gilbert and Chapin, 1913-20. After N.C.- 



Tenn. Synods merger, transferred to S. C. Synod, 1922. Retired 1931, account of ill 
health. Delegate to merger convention, ULCA, 1918. Member, Board of Lenoir Coll., 
and college business manager, 1920-22. Principal Grady's Academy while pastor at 
St. James, Newton. Editor and business manager, S. C. Lutheran, several years. 
Ministerial son writes: "Noteworthy ability and leadership in planning and building 
churches (five) and parsonages (two) . . . Mt. Tabor, Prosperity, S. C, was dedi- 
cated free of debt immediately upon completion. It was built by a rural congrega- 
tion. Pastor Cromer used the unique method of asking housewives to give their 
Sunday eggs . . . the proceeds being put into the building fund. The farmers were 
given cotton seed to plant . . . and receipts went into the building fund. Members 
gave timber . . . for the building. Added to these gifts were liberal contributions in 
money by the members." Died June 21, 1939; buried at Lincolnton. 




1948-54. Member, ULCA Boards-So 
62; Jt. Comm'n on Lutheran Unity, 



CROMER, VOIGT RHODES, born July 
31, 1906, at Rhodhiss. Parents: The Rev. 
Joseph Lee and Lillie Mae (Rhodes) Cromer. 
Grandfather was the Rev. James Albert 
Cromer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1925, D.D. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1928; Univ. S. C, A.M. 1927; Hartford 
Sem., S.T.M. 1929; Union Sem., 1939; 
Gettysburg Coll., LL.D. 1956. Married Sara 
Elizabeth Dreher, Lexington, S. C, Aug. 
17, 1932. Children: Elizabeth Rhodes (mar- 
ried the Rev. R. W. Carswell), Rebecca 
Ruth. Ordained 1928 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Luke, Summerville, 
S. C, 1929-30; in N. C: Emmanuel-St. 
Luke, Lincolnton, 1930-36; St. James, Con- 
cord, 1936-41; Holy Trinity, Hickory, 1941- 
47. President, N. C. Synod, succeeding Dr. 
Jacob L. Morgan, 1947-49. President, Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., since 1949. Member, 
Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1936-49. 
ULCA Commissioner to Nat. Luth. Coun., 
:ial Miss., 1948-60, and American Miss., 1960- 
1958-62. Delegate, ULCA and LCA Conven- 



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tions, 1936, 1942-66. Member, Executive Council, LCA, 1963-66. President, Nat. 
Luth. Educational Conf., 1955-56. President, Conf. of Church-Related Colls, in the 
South, 1954-55. Member, ULCA Commission on The Doctrine of the Ministry. 
Author of "Christian Action in Human Relations"; contributor of sermon to "This 
Holy Venture" (Muhlenberg Press). Preacher, CBS Church of the Air, The United 
Lutheran Hour, and at college commencements at Lenoir Rhyne, Clemson, Gettys- 
burg, and Newberry. He is making a fine contribution to the synod and church 
at large. 

CRONK, BENJAMIN WESLEY, born Aug. 6, 1857, in Floyd Co., Va. Parents: 
Eli H. and Mary E. (Griggs) Cronk. A brother was the Rev. E. C. Cronk. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., B.A. and M.A. 1883; Southern Sem., 1883. Married Alice Eliza 
Snidow, Pembroke, Va., June 15, 1887. Son: Earle Tabor Walker. Licensed 1884 
and ordained 1885 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Cobles-Lows- 
Richland, Guilford Co., 1887-91; Salem-St. Luke, Rowan Co., 1891-93; organized 
Lebanon, Rowan Co., 1893-94. Transferred to S. C. Synod 1894. Parishes in 
S. C, Va., and Tenn. Superintendent, Childrens Home, Salem, Va., several years. 
Retired 1932 at Pembroke, Va. Died Oct. 13, 1934; buried at Pembroke, Va. 

CROUSE, ANDREW LEONHARDT, born June 
8, 1849, in Randolph Co. Parents: The Rev. Thomas 
and Barbara (Fox) Crouse. Educated perhaps at Con- 
cordia Coll.; studied theology under father and the 
Rev. A. J. Fox. Married first Tirza Carolina Darr, 
Sept. 8, 1870. Son: Thomas Henry. Second marriage 
to Mary Lavinia Bilbo, Greensboro, Dec. 24, 1873. 
Children: Luther Augustus, Carl Froelich, Luda 
Amelia. Ordained 1871 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In S. C, and mission work in Ala., 1872-82; 
in Va. and W. Va., 1882-89; in N. C: Friendship 
(1890-91, 1897-1905) and Shiloh (1894-96), Alexander 
Co.; Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, Hickory, 1890-1903; 
organized St. Andrew, Hickory, 1893-94. Joined 
Missouri Synod, 1903. One of founders, and profes- 
sor (German, English), Lenior Rhyne Coll. After joining Mo. Synod taught theology, 
Concordia Coll., at Conover. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, several terms, president, two 
terms. Secretary, United Synod South, several terms. Author of "A Christian Cate- 
chism for Children", "The Modern Evangelistic System", "Pulpit and Altar Fellow- 
ship", "Historical Sketches of Alexander County". German editor, Our Church 
Paper, New Market, Va. Died Oct. 13, 1915; buried at St. Stephen Church (Mo. 
Synod), Hickory. 

CROUSE, THOMAS, born June 6, 1822, in Davidson Co. Parents: Andrew and 

(Daniels) Crouse. Educated: Professor Dusenberry's School, Lexington; 

was tutored in theology. Married first Barbara Fox, Randolph Co. Children: The 
Rev. Andrew Leonhardt, Sarah, Luther, Joseph Augustus. Second marriage to M. 
Caroline Fox, sister of the Rev. A. J. Fox, M.D. Son: Alfred. Licensed 1845 and 
ordained 1850 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Cobles, Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, 
Randolph Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1848-57, 1863-66; Becks-New Jerusalem- 
Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1866-75. Treasurer, Tenn. Synod, 1862. "As a theologian, he 
was a sound and firm defender of the doctrines and customs of the old type of 




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Lutheranism. As a preacher, he was attractive, because of his earnestness of manner, 
clearness of thought, force of style, and persuasive voice." (Obituary in Tenn. Synod 
History). Died April 11, 1876; buried at Becks Church, Davidson Co. 

CRUSE, GUY CALVIN, born May 9, 1927, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Oscar Orlin 
and Ila Maggie (Kluttz) Cruse. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1948. Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1951. Married Cary Dowd, Carthage, at Concord, June 17, 1953. Chil- 
dren: Guy Reginald, Kim Rene (died two days after birth), Karen Lisa, Joy Theresa, 
Joel Keith. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, 
Cabarrus Co., 1951-54. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1954. 1965: Bethel, White Rock, 
S. C. 

CUMBEE, LURIA ERASTUS, JR., born Sept. 13, 1931, in Aiken Co., S. C. Par- 
ents: Luria Erastus and Hazel V. (Bryant) Cumbee. Educated: Newberry Coll., B.S. 
1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 1957, also graduate study. Married Sylvia Faye Pitts, 
Newberry, S. C, June 9, 1955. Children: Michael Paul, Stephen Craig, Allison Faye. 
Ordained 1957 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1957-58; 
New Jerusalem, Catawba Co., 1958-62; Christus Victor, Fayetteville, 1962-. U. S. 
Army reserve commission, First Lieut.; instituted religious services, for Sunday drills, 
for three U. S. Army Res. and Nat. Guard units in Hickory area. 

CUTHBERTSON, RUFUS BRAXTON, born July 3, 1920, in Mecklenburg Co. 
Parents: Rufus and Euphemia (Robinson) Cuthbertson. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 

A. B. 1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1944, S.T.M. 1965. Married Jean Wandel, Hagers- 
town, Md., June 6, 1945. Children: Jean Elizabeth, Dorothy Euphemia, Charles Paul, 
Philip Martin. Ordained 1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, Hamlet, 
1944-48; mission developer, 1948, and pastor, St. Andrew, New Bern, 1949-51; 
Christ, Stanley, 1951-57, also St. Luke, Lincoln Co., 1951-52. Transferred to Ga.-Ala. 
Synod, 1957. 1965: Good Shepherd, College Park, Ga. 

DANIEL, VANCE MILLER, born Aug. 5, 1918, at Salisbury. Parents: B. K. and 
Lorena (Miller) Daniel. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1940; Southern Sem., 

B. D. 1943. Married Margaret Burke Poole, Salisbury, June 3, 1944. Children: Re- 
becca Jane, David Walter. Ordained 1943 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Orga- 
nized Messiah, Salisbury, 1942-44; Trinity, Sanford, 1944-51; organized Resurrection, 
Kings Mountain, 1951-53. Transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod, 1953. 1965: St. Martin, 
Houston, Texas. 

DARR, WILLIAM LEO, born Jan. 7, 1864, in 
Davidson Co. Parents: Henry and Salome (Goodman) 
Darr. Educated: Concordia Coll., graduating 1889. 
Married first Lillie Sligh. Daughter.: Rebecca. Second 
marriage to Aquila Ergle, South Carolina. No chil- 
dren. Third marriage to Mae Dellinger of Virginia. 
Children: Ursula, Krauth, Revere. Ordained 1889 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Tenn. Synod; 
those known all in Iredell Co.: St. Martin— organized 
Mt. Hermon, 1896-1906; Sharon, 1898-1907; St. John, 
Statesville, 1898-1905. Transferred to Va. Synod, 
1922. Died 1938; buried in St. Martin Cemetery, 
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DASHER, BERGMAN S., born Sept. 28, 1881, in 
Effingham Co., Ga. Parents: Shadrack E. and Salina 
E. (Nease) Dasher. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1908; Southern Sem., 1911. Married Beulah Vansant, 
Ward, S. C, Oct. 26, 1913. No children. Ordained 
1911 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1911- 
13; in N. C, 1913-24: Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville; 
Calvary-St. Andrew, Concord; St. Enoch, Rowan Co.- 
Trinity, Cabarrus Co. Transferred to Synod of Ga. 
& Adj. States, 1924. Later served parishes in Tenn., 
Va., and S. C. Retired 1949 in Guyton, Ga. 



DASHER, EVERETT AUSTIN, born Dec. 7, 1918, at Marlow, Ga. Parents: Olin 
George and Caroline Salome (Zittrauer) Dasher. Two brothers are the Revs. L. O. 
and O. G. Dasher. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1940; Southern Sem., B.D. 1948. 
Married Helen Mae Stoudemayer, West Columbia, S. C, May 20, 1946. Children: 
Larry Austin, Eileen Susan, Eva Ruth. Ordained 1948 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches 
served: In S. C, 1948-50; in N. C: St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1950-53; Bethlehem, 
Catawba Co., 1954-58; St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1959-61. Transferred to S. C. 
Synod, 1961. 1965: Mt. Horeb, Chapin, S. C. 

DASHER, LEWIS OTTO, born Dec. 30, 1902, at 
Marlow, Ga. Parents: Olin George and Caroline 
Salome (Zittrauer) Dasher. Older brother of the Revs. 
Olin G. and Everett A. Dasher. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., 1 year, Muhlenberg Coll., A.B. 1927; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1930. Married: Ruth Irene Coon, 
Lincoln Co., May 12, 1931. Son: The Rev. Robert 
Lewis. Ordained 1930 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches 
served: In Ga., 1930-39; in S. C, 1939-47; in N. C: 
Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1947-56. Transferred to Va. 
Synod, 1956. Member, Committee on Arrangements 
Savannah (Ga.) ULCA convention, 1934. 1965: Refor- 
mation, New Market, Va. 

DASHER, ROBERT LEWIS, born July 27, 1943, at Rincon, Ga. Parents: The 
Rev. Lewis Otto and Ruth Irene (Coon) Dasher. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Ann Secrist Krider, Concord, July 2, 1958. 
Children: Ann Roberta, Charles Lewis. Ordained 1959 by Va. Synod. Churches 
served: Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, 1959-63; Our Redeemer, Greenville, and 
pastor to Lutheran students at East Carolina College, 1963-. Dean, Cent. Dist, 
1962-63. 

DAUBENSPECK, WAYNE MARTEL, born Nov. 25, 1904, at Selinsgrove, Pa. 
Parents: The Rev. Lloyd Mashine and Delia A. (Burns) Daubenspeck. An uncle also 
was a minister. Educated: Susquehanna Univ., A.B. 1927; there also in theology, 
1930; clinical training, Greystone Mental Hospital, N. J., 1938; Chaplains School, 
Harvard Univ., 1943. Married Ethel Mason, Omaha, Nebr., July 15, 1931. Children: 
Richard Edward, Ruth Elizabeth, Henry Mason. Ordained 1930 by Cent. Pa. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Mark, Oshkosh, Nebr., 1930-35; in N. C: St. David, Kan- 





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napolis, 1964-. Chaplaincy service: U. S. Army, Nebraska CCC, 1936-38; U. S. Penal 
System, Lewisburg, Pa., and Narcotics Prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1938-40; 
U. S. Army with service in Alaska and Europe, 1940-54, retiring from reserves in 
1964 as Colonel. Service pastor, Lutheran Service Commission, in Japan and Korea, 
1954-64. Chose Kannapolis parish over opportunities in other states from California 
to Florida. 

DAVIS, JACK LANE, born Sept. 4, 1934, at China Grove. Parents: Rosco Alex- 
ander and Frances Beatrice (Melchor) Davis. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959, S.T.M. class work completed. Married Jane Mc- 
Millan Bryant, Marion, S. C, June 4, 1957. Children: Julia Lane, Mark Melchor, 
Matthew McMillan. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Trinity, 
Mt. Pleasant, 1959-63; mission developer, 1964, and organized St. Michael, High 
Point, 1965. 



DAVIS, JOHN B., born May 26, 1808, at Win- 
chester, Va. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1835, 
A.M. 1853: Gettysburg Sem.; N. C. Coll., D.D. 1873. 
Married twice, second marriage to Anna Caroline 
Sieg (b. 1827, d. 1896). Children: Luther, Paul B., 
|*1 j| Mary, Richard, John, Jefferson. Licensed 1834 and 

ordained 1837 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In 
Va., 1834-75: Trinity, Stephens City; Mt. Tabor, 
Augusta, Co.; St. Peter, Churchville; Christ, Staun- 
ton; Strasburg; and St. John, near Winchester. Trans- 
ferred 1875 to N. C. Synod; president, N. C. Coll., 
1875-77. Served Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1881- 
85; Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1884-85. Assisted in 
organizing, but was not pastor, Grace, Rowan Co., 
1880. President, Va. Synod, 1838-41, 1844-47, 1855- 
56. Professor (Natural Science), Roanoke Coll., 1865-74. Author of "A Botany of the 
Bible", "A Chemistry of Life", "The Cosmogony of Moses", "Unity of the Human 
Race From a Christian Standpoint", "Papers on the Mineral Kingdom", "The 
Vegetable Kingdom of Nature", "The History of Theological Seminaries", and "The 
Intellectual Triumphs of Youth and Age Compared". Died Jan. 3, 1896; buried in 
East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va. 





DAVIS, JOHN FRANK, born March 2, 1903, in 
Gaston Co. Parents: F. O. and Alice (Jenkins) Davis. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1925, D.D. 
1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1929; Univ. S. C, M.A. 
1929; graduate study, Union Sem., Yale Univ. Mar- 
ried first Mildred Propst, Concord. No children. Sec- 
ond marriage to LeRhea Counts, Columbia, S. C, 
1937. Daughter: Gwendolyn. Ordained 1929 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C, 1929-43: Pastor 
to Lutheran students, Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill; 
Bethany, Kannapolis; supply, Calvary, Concord; Luth- 
eran Chapel, Gastonia; and Ascension, Shelby; assist- 
ant, Holy Trinity, New York City, 1943-44; Resurrec- 
tion, Augusta, Ga., 1944-48; St. Paul, Wilmington, 
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1944-48, and Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1953-65. Sermon in "This Holy Venture" (Muh- 
lenberg Press). Preacher, Protestant Radio Hour. Contributor to Lutheran periodicals. 

DAY, CHARLES HOWARD, born Sept. 14, 1863, near Baltimore, Md. Parents: 
Nathaniel and Caroline Day. Educated for ministry in Methodist Church; ordained 
1886 by that church. Presumably affiliated with Lutheran Church about 1911. Mar- 
ried Charlotte Dickie, Blacklick, Pa., Oct. 12, 1910. Son: Charles William. Lutheran 
churches served: In Kan., 1911-14; in Va., 1914-17; in N. C: St. Andrew-Calvary, 
Concord 1918-20; supplied Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1919-20; Pilgrim-St. Luke, 
Davidson Co., 1920-21. Transferred 1922 to Central Pa. Synod. Retired 1925 at 
Riverside, Calif. Died May 12, 1932; buried at Riverside, Calif. 

DEAL, CLAUDE VICTOR, SR., born March 5, 1906, at Hickory. Parents: John 
Q. and Ida C. (Yount) Deal. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1930; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1934. Married Barbara Setzer, Hickory, Sept. 12, 1931. Children: The 
Rev. Claude Victor, Jr., Barbara Hahn, Cornelia Katherine. Ordained 1934 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1934-41; surveyed and 
supplied Hamlet, 1941; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1941-42. World War II, U. S. 
Army Chaplain, 1942-47. Trinity, Landis, 1947-61; mission developer, later pastor, 
Incarnation, Charlotte, 1961—. Holds commission in U. S. Army Chaplains Reserves. 

DEAL, CLAUDE VICTOR, JR., born May 11, 1937, at Monroe. Parents: The 
Rev. Claude Victor and Barbara (Setzer) Deal. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1959; Southern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Helen Elizabeth Herion, Mt. Pleasant, 
Aug. 26, 1961. Son: Jeffery Alan. Ordained 1963 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Christ, Winston-Salem, 1963-. 

DEAL, DONALD RAY, born April 15, 1934, in Rowan Co. Parents: C. T. and 
Margie (Wilhelm) Deal. Educated: N. C. State Univ., 2 years, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1956; Southern Sem.,B.D. 1959. Married Nancy Lyerly Cline, Cabarrus Co., 
Aug. 4, 1957. Children: David Eugene, Melvin Wayne, Alan Ray. Ordained 1959 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lebanon, Rowan Co., 1959-61; Our Saviour, 
Dallas, 1961-. 

DEAL, HAROLD GERHARDT, JR., born April 8, 1923, at Hickory. Parents: 
Harold Gerhardt and Margaret A. (Wannemacher) Deal. A grandson of the Rev. 
J. H. Wannemacher. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1945; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1947; Union Sem., S.T.M. Married Miriam Elizabeth Morgan, daughter of the Rev. 
John L. Morgan, Hickory, June 2, 1947. Children: David Morgan, Stephen Michael. 
Ordained 1947 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: As missionary in Japan, 1948-60. 
Transferred to Tex.-La. Synod, 1961. 1965: Asst., St. John, Winter Park, Fla. 
Secretary, Japan Lutheran Missionaries Association, 1950-52. Member and English 
secretary, Executive Board, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1952-53. Contri- 
buted articles from Japan to The Foreign Missionary, Lutheran Woman's Work, and 
The Lutheran. 

DEAL, JACK DONALD, born March 8, 1932, at Hickory. Parents: Vernon H. 
and Violet (Munday) Deal. Educated: Florida Southern Coll., B.S. 1959; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Carolyn J. Hollar, Hickory, Dec. 26, 1949. Children: Jack 
Donald, Jr., Cathryn L., Paul L., Stephen C. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mission developer, later pastor, Our Saviour, Southern Pines, 

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DEAL, JAMES FRANCIS, born Dec. 18, 1877, in Rowan Co. Parents: Calvin J., 
and Sarah J. (Coleman) Deal. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. & A.M. 1896; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1899. Married first Kate Elizabeth Peterson, Stanley, July 7, 1909. 
Children: James F., Jr., Charles C, Elizabeth, Sarah Lillian. Second marriage to 
Myrtle Hoyt Lowe, Ohio, 1923. No children. Third wife was Nena E. White, Albe- 
marle, married Dec. 25, 1937. No children. Ordained 1899 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served (some dates difficult to reconcile): In S. C, 1899-1901: St. Jacob-Mt. Horeb- 
St. Thomas-Bethlehem, Chapin; in N. C, 1902-12: St. Martin-Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus 
Co.; Trinity, Vale-Cedar Grove-Davids Chapel, Lincoln Co.-Sardis, Catawba Co.; 
Christ-St. Luke, Stanley; Becks-Holly Grove-New Jerusalem-Emmanuel-Lebanon, 
Davidson Co., and St. Luke, Lincoln Co.; St. John, Hudson; St. Stephen, Lenoir; 
in Va., 1912-17; Bland and Giles Parishes. Retired 1918 at Landis; engaged in busi- 
ness; in late years lived at St. Petersburg, Fla. Secretary, Tenn. Synod., 1903-06; 
treasurer, N. C. Conf., Tenn. Synod. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Died 
Feb. 19, 1962, at St. Petersburg, Fla.; buried at Mt. Moriah Church, Rowan Co. 

DEATON, JOHN LEROY, twin brother of the Rev. W. A. Deaton, born Sept. 4, 
1862, near China Grove. Parents: John E. and Nancy Elizabeth (Crosby) Deaton. 
Twin brother's son, the Rev. John Leroy Deaton, D.D., was named for him. Edu- 
cated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1888, winning first honor by a little over twin brother; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1891. Married first Laura Lipe, Landis, May 4, 1886 (died that 
summer of typhoid fever). Second marriage to Laura Hoke, Lincolnton, Nov. 15, 
1900. Daughter: Georgiana. Ordained 1891 by Min. of Pa., and transferred to Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: Mt. Moriah-St. Mark, Rowan Co., 1891-93, 1900-02; as 
missionary in Seattle, Wash., and other places in Pacific Northwest, succeeding the 
Rev. E. F. Keever, 1893-95. Health failing, returned to N. C, 1895-1900: in Wa- 
tauga Co., organized and built church, Mt. Zion; Mt. Pleasant; Holy Communion; 
also preached in schoolhouses and churches of other denominations at Blowing Rock, 
Boone, Deep Gap, and Cove Creek; supplied New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., 1897; 
in Va., 1902-06: St. Jacob-Zion-Salem-Morning Star-Powder Springs, Edinburg. Re- 
tired 1906, due to declining health, near Lincolnton. The twin brothers observed 
82 birthdays together until the other died in 1945. Died Sept. 22, 1951, aged 89, 
after long invalidism following a farm accident; buried in Hollybrook Cemetery, 
Lincolnton. 

DEATON, WILLIS ALEXANDER, twin brother 
of the Rev. John Leroy Deaton, born Sept. 4, 1862, 
near China Grove. Parents: John E. and Nancy Eliza- 
beth (Crosby) Deaton. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
(junior year), N. C. Coll., A.B. 1888, losing first honor 
by an edge to twin brother; Philadelphia Sem., 1891; 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1911. Married first Mar- 
garet Pauline Miller, Cabarrus Co., July 14, 1891. 
Children: Miriam Ophelia (married the Rev. Hugo L. 
Dressier), the Rev. John Leroy, Oscar Claudius, Wil- 
helmina (died at age 2), Paul Willis, James Krauth 
(died at age 20 mos.), Louis Edwin. Second marriage 
to Catherine Elizabeth Moretz, Boone, Jan. 23, 1924. 
No children. Ordained 1891 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Andrew-St. Michael, Lexington 
Co., S. C, 1891-97; in N. C: Holy Communion, Dallas-Philadelphia-Antioch, Gaston 
Co.-Christ, Stanley, 1897-1906; with the Rev. W. J. Boger, organized and supplied 




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Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1898-1900, 1901-02. As Tenn. synod synodical missionary, 
1906-19, organized and served: St. Stephen, Lenoir, 1908-09, Calvary, Morganton, 
1910-17, and Bethany, Hickory, 1910-25; other churches: Trinity, Vale, 1907; Mt. 
Hebron, Hildebran, 1913-20; St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., 1917-19; and in Watauga 
Co.: Old Mt. Pleasant, 1923-32, 1933-34; Mt. Zion, 1925-31, 1934; Holy Trinity- 
Mt. Pleasant, 1925-32. Retired 1932 at Boone. President, Tenn. Synod, 1901, and 
1921, at time of merger of N. C. and Tenn. Synods. Chairman, joint comm'n on 
Basis and Constitution for Merger of N. C. and Tenn. Synods, 1919-21. Member, 
and sometime chairman, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1898-1901, 1909-26. Member, 
Board of Southern Sem., 1906—. Member, Board of Foreign Miss., United Synod 
South, 1904—. Served two terms in House of N. C. General Assembly, 1923-26, from 
Catawba Co. Celebrated 82 birthdays with twin brother, who survived him by six 
years. Died June 18, 1945; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

DEESE, PHILLIP WAYNE, born Dec. 15, 1937, in Rowan Co. Parents: John A. 
and Lillian A. (Overcash) Deese. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1960, Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Linda Merchant Lockrow, Winston-Salem, June 10, 1961. 
Daughter: Deborah Carole. Ordained 1963 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Advent, 
Spindale, 1963-. 

DERHAMMER, G. A.: Nothing is known of him, except that he served the fol- 
lowing churches, 1900-02: Luthers Chapel, Lincoln Co.; Bethel, Gaston Co.; and 
St. Paul, Crouse. 

DERRICK, CLARENCE KESLER, born Oct. 26, 1901, near Columbia, S. C. 
Parents: Julius Clarence and Martha Elizabeth (Kesler) Derrick. Educated: New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1924, D.D. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1927; graduate study, Van- 
derbilt Univ., Union Sem. Married Myrtle Ada Davis, Columbia, S. C, Oct. 4, 1927. 
Children: Infant son, infant daughter (both lived only a few hours), the Rev. Clar- 
ence Kesler, Jr., Myrtle Davis (lived 3 days), Mildred Elizabeth. Ordained 1927 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1927-30; in N. C: St. Matthew-St. Luke, 
Kings Mountain, 1930-35. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1935. Prominent in work of 
S. C. and Ga.-Ala. Synods. At present, Chairman Board of Lowman Home. Chaplain 
(Captain), S. C. State Guards. 1965: Mayer Memorial, Newberry, S. C. 

DERRICK, PATRICK HENRY ELMORE, born Nov. 20, 1856, in Lexington Co., 
S. C. Parents: Fred and Lucinda (Unger) Derrick. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1882, hon. A.M. 1894; Southern Sem., 1889. Married Ellen Baker Geiger, St. Mat- 
thews, S. C, Oct. 8, 1891. Children: Anna Geiger, Elizabeth Horlbeck, Emma Julia 
Blum, Margaret Baker. Ordained 1889 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C. 
and Fla., 1889-94; in N. C: Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co., 1895-97; supplied 
Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, while teaching Mathematics at N. C. Coll., 1897; Luthers, 
Rowan Co. 1898-99. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1899. Retired 1911 in Blythewood, 
S. C. Taught public school after retiring. Died Oct. 1, 1920; buried at Sandy Run 
Church, Calhoun Co., S. C. 

DICKERT, JAMES CANNON, born Aug. 5, 1915, at Columbia, S. C. Parents: 
Andrew H. and Ella (Cannon) Dickert. Educated: Univ. S. C, B.S. 1938; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1941. Married Nell West, Columbia, S. C, June 28, 1941. Son: Andrew 
Calvin. Ordained 1941 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Grace-Richland, Liberty-Melanchthon, Randolph Co., 1941-46. Transferred 
to S. C. Synod, 1946. 1965: Reformation, Lancaster, S. C. 



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DIEFENDORF, CHAUNCEY, born Feb. 1, 1838, in New York State. Parents: 
Daniel and Nancy Barbara (Wieting) Diefendorf. Married Melissa Louise Wether- 
wax, West Sand Lake, N. Y., June 8, 1871. Children: Edna Margaret, Elizabeth 
Lusetta, Clarence Wetherwax, Grace Louise. Licensed 1873 and ordained 1875 by 
Franckean Synod. Churches served: In N. Y., to 1905; St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 
1905-07. Transferred 1907 back to Franckean Synod. Grandfather of the Rev. Paul 
C. Empie, long-time executive director of Nat. Luth. Council. Died Nov. 19, 1909; 
buried at Fort Plain, N. Y. 

DIEGEL, RONALD LYELL, born July 3, 1937, at Albany, N. Y. Parents: Lyell 
Erwin and Miriam D. (Kronan) Diegel. Educated: Hartwick Coll., A.B. 1962; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1965. Married Charlotte Anne Lesemann, Charleston, S. C, Sept. 
11, 1965. Ordained 1965 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, Alamance Co., 
1965-. 

DIETZ, JOHN CALVIN, born March 3, 1876, in 
Catawba Co. Parents: Washington Marion and Susan 
Jan (Propst) Dietz. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1898, D.D. 1936; Chicago Sem., 1900. Married 
Minnie Rose Rudisill, Maiden, Sept. 19, 1900. Chil- 
dren: Paul Hunt, Henry W. Ordained 1900 by Term. 
Synod. Churches served: Emmanuel, Lincolnton-St. 
Luke-Salem, Lincoln Co., 1900-03; in Ind., 1903-06; 
in S. C, 1906-09; again in N. C, 1909-44: St. John, 
Cherryville; Bethphage, Lincoln Co. -St. Mark, Gas- 
ton Co.; St. Paul, Crouse; Bethel, Gaston Co.; Grace, 
Bessemer City; Holy Trinity, Gastonia; Union, Rowan 
Co., (twice); Mt. Calvary, Claremont; St. Luke, Ca- 
tawba Co.; Good Hope, Hickory; St. Paul, Startown; 
St. Martin, Cabarrus Co. -St. Martin, Stanly Co.; and 
First, Lexington. Retired 1944, at Gastonia. Chairman, Committee on Arrangements, 
and temporary chairman, merger convention, N. C. and Tenn. Synods, 1920-21. Sec- 
retary, second to be elected, of the United N. C. Synod, 1923-37. Member, Board 
of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Died Feb. 12, 1954; buried in Gaston Memorial Cemetery, 
Gastonia. 

DORTON, LEWIS FRANKLIN, born June 27, 1931, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
Ted R. and Rebecca (Castor) Dorton. Older brother is the Rev. Richard B. Dorton. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Alice 
Blackwelder, Concord, Sept. 5, 1951. Children: James Timothy, Ted Mark, Elissa 
Ann. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Amity-Lebanon, Cleveland, 
1955-57; St. Luke, Catawba Co., 1957-61; Christiana, Granite Quarry, 1961-. 

DORTON, RICHARD BRADSHAW, born May 3, 1929, at Concord. Parents: 
Ted R. and Rebecca (Castor) Dorton. Younger brother is the Rev. L. Franklin Dorton. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Married Mary 
E. Hardy, Lincolnton, June 22, 1958. Children: Richard Bradshaw, Jr., Fonda Eliza- 
beth. Ordained 1954 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Friendship, Taylorsville, 
1954-65; St. Enoch, Kannapolis, 1965-. 

DOSH, THOMAS WILLIAM LUTHER, born Nov. 21, 1830, at Strasburg, Va. 
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1856; Gettysburg Sem., 1858; Roanoke Coll., D.D. 1875. Married Catherine Brown, 
Winchester, Va., Nov. 3, 1864. Children: Katharine, William Henry, Portia Baker 
(died in infancy), Fanny Bachmann (died in infancy), Virginia, Mary Ellen, Olive 
Augusta (married the Rev. N. Burch Tucker), Bowman Campbell, Mary Krauth 
(married the Rev. C. E. Krumbholz). Licensed 1858 and ordained 1859 by Va. Synod. 
Churches served: In W. Va. and Va., 1859-72; St. John, Charleston, S. C, 1872-76; 
in N. C: St. John, Salisbury, 1876-77. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1877. President, 
Roanoke Coll., 1877-78. Professor, Southern Sem. (Salem, Va.), 1878-84. Churches 
served: Burkittsville, Md., 1885-89. Editor, The Lutheran Visitor, 1874-78; same, 
The Lutheran Home, 1876-86. Died Dec. 24, 1889; buried at Winchester, Va. 

DREHER, DANIEL ISAIAH, born Oct. 10, 1824, 
in Lexington Dist., S. C. Parents: Jeremiah and Lydia 
Dreher. Educated: Prof. White's Academy, Lexing- 
ton, S. C; Southern Sem., 1853; N. C. Coll., D.D. 
Married first Mildred C. Kerr (died in 21st year). 
Daughter: Sally. Second marriage to Martha Ann K. 
Heilig, Rowan Co., Jan. 3, 1866. Children: Augustus 
Heilig, Jeremiah H., Mary Lydia. Licensed 1853 by 
S. C. Synod. Church served: Liberty Hill, S. C, 
church later moved to Jalapa, S. C, and named St. 
James, and taught private school at Newberry, S. C, 
1853. Transferred to N. C. Synod and ordained, 1856. 
Churches served: St. James, Concord, 1854-69; Union, 
Rowan Co., 1867. Principal and professor, Mt. Pleas- 
ant Female Sem., Mt. Pleasant, 1870-71. Member, 
first board, N. C. Coll., 1859. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1857-59, 1860-61; president, 
1862-63. Died Feb. 18, 1871; buried at Organ Church, Rowan Co. 

DREHER, GODFREY, born Dec. 4, 1789, in Lexington Dist., S. C. Parents: John 
and Ann (Hollinshed) Dreher. Self-educated. Thrice married: first to Anna E. Sailor. 
Children: none. Second marriage to Catherine Miller, daughter of the Rev. Robert J. 
Miller, one of organizers of N. C. Synod in 1803. Children: Caroline, Margaret Ann, 
Henrietta (married the Rev. Daniel Efird), Mary, John Robert, Luther, Solomon, 
Osman, Elisha. Third marriage to Mrs. Peggy Leaphart. Son: John Walter. Licensed 
1810 in Organ Church, Rowan Co., by N. C. Synod, and ordained 1812 in Bethel 
Church, White Rock, S. C, by a special committee of N. C. Synod, as the Lutheran 
churches in S. C, were members of N. C. Synod until 1824 when S. C. Synod was 
organized. Churches served (1810 to about 1852): Fourteen, within horseback riding 
range of his home in Lexington Dist., S. C. Of some, co-pastor with other pioneer 
Lutheran ministers. Included were: In S. C.: Bethlehem and St. Michael, near Irmo; 
Zion, his home church, near Lexington; St. Peter and St. Jacob, near Chapin. Like 
other pioneer ministers served for freewill offerings, living chiefly from his farm. 
Leading pastor among six who organized S. C. Synod in 1824; elected first president, 
and treasurer, 1825-35. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1840, with some of his churches. 
"He was recognized as a preacher of marked pulpit ability, a church organizer, and 
one of the most influential men in the synod", (S. C. Synod History, 1924, p. 247). 
Retired about 1852 in Lexington Dist., S. C. Died July 28, 1875; buried at St. 
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DREHER, JOHN: Licensed 1815 by N. C. Synod, but not subsequently ordained. 
Died 1847 in Lexington Dist, S. C. No record available of any churches that he 
served in N. C. or in S. C. 

DRESSLER, HUGO LUTHER, born Sept. 1, 1891, at Vernon Mills, N. Y. Parents: 
The Rev. William George and Mary K. (Hoke) Dressier. Educated: Wittenberg 
Univ., A.B. 1913; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1918. Married Miriam Deaton, Hickory, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. W. A. Deaton, Sept. 26, 1918. Daughter: Dorothy Miriam. Ordained 
1918 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: In Ohio and Pa., 1918-21; Atonement, Buf- 
falo, N. Y., 1921-47; in N. C.: Holy Trinity, Hickory, 1947-52. Prominent in work 
of N. Y. Synod. Taught 16 years in leadership training school at Holy Trinity, Buf- 
falo, N. Y. Member, Board of Parish Education, ULCA, sometime vice-president, 
chairman of Committee on Field Work, and board representative to constituting 
convention of Nat. Coun. of Churches of Christ, 1950. Contributor of articles and 
book reviews to The Lutheran Quarterly, Ecclesia Plantanda, and other periodi- 
cals. Member, Board of Wagner Coll. Died Nov. 10, 1952; buried in Oakwood 
Cemetery, Hickory. 

DUNN, KARL UMBARGER, born Aug. 8, 1927, at Bland, Va. Parents: Guy 
Brown and Mary Letitia (Umbarger) Dunn. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1951; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Married Sadie Rae Rawl, Columbia, S. C, June 9, 1954. 
Children: Deborah Rae, Christine Elizabeth, Mary Letitia. Ordained 1954 by Va. 
Synod and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Zion-New Bethel, 
Richfield, 1954-57; Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1957-1965; Bethphage, Lincoln Co., 1965. 

DUTTON, WADE HAMPTON, born Feb. 24, 
1890, at Rural Retreat, Va. Parents: The Rev. Wil- 
liam Addison and Mary Louisa (Crawford) Dutton. 
Educated: M.P.C.I., 1912, Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1914; Southern Sem., 1917. Married Ida Mae Riser, 
Saluda Co., S. C., Jan. 2, 1919. Children: Mary 
Crawford, Virginia C, Sarah Esther, Rebekah, Paul 
Riser, John Addison, Naomi Louise, Mark Daniel. 
Ordained 1917 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In 
Newberry, S. C, 1917-27; in N. C.: St. Stephen-Mt. 
Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1927-38; Mt. Hermon-Sharon- 
St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1938-43; St. Martin, Cabarrus 
Co.-St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1943-47; Antioch-Phila- 
delphia, Gaston Co., 1947-53; again, Mt. Hermon, 
Iredell Co., 1953-58. A fine record in pastorates of 
promoting and directing renovations, raising of funds for and building of new 
churches and church school rooms. Member, repeatedly of synodical Examining 
Comm., also chairman many years. Author of treatise, "Five Revelations of the 
Cross". Retired Feb. 1958, account of ill health. Died May 7, 1958; buried at Mt. 
Hermon Church, Iredell Co. 

DUTTON, WILLIAM ADDISON, born April 16, 1859, near Rural Retreat, Va. 
Parents: William Reece and Saphronia (Wolf) Dutton. Educated: No formal educa- 
tion, except short time in medical school, Baltimore, Md.; studied theology privately. 
Married first Mary Louisa Crawford, Mississippi, 1886/87. Children: Vance Orton, 
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Sept. 15, 1892. Children: Carrie Fay (died in infancy), Lena May, Roy Milton, Lex 
Byron, Max Carlile, Banks Addison. A grandson is Lutheran pastor, the Rev. F. C. 
Jones, Jr., M.D., Atlanta, Ga. Licensed 1893 and ordained 1897 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
Churches served: In Neb., 1895; Price's Fork, Va., 1896-1900; in N. C: St. Stephen- 
Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1900-07; New Bethel-Mt. Zion-Luthers, Richfield, 1907-12; 
in S. C. 1912-22. His minister son says of him: "Just a faithful, true and successful 
country preacher." Died Aug. 15, 1926; buried at Ebenezer Church, Columbia, S. C. 

EASLEY, CHARLES WARD, born May 2, 1931, at Georgetown, S. C. Parents: 
L. T. and Louise (Colbert) Easley. Educated: Newberry Coll., B.S. 1953; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1956. Married Emma Lou Bossart, Arona, Pa., at Columbia, S. C, June 
29, 1951. Children: Charles Ward, Jr., David Harry (died at age 6), Irene Louise, 
William Teed, Penelope Ruth. Ordained 1956 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Our Saviour, Albany, Ga., 1956-58; St. Peter, Lexington Co., S. C, 1958-61; in 
N. C: Center Grove, Kannapolis, 1961-64; St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1964-. 

EASTERLY, GEORGE, born Dec. 20, 1781, in Shenandoah Co., Va. Parents: 
George and Ann Maria (Neas) Easterly. Educated: Henkel and Bell Sem., Greene 
Co., Tenn. Married Lydia Harpine, Shenandoah Co., Va., March 3, 1804. Children: 
Rachael, Abraham, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Philip H., Magdalin, Ambrose G., Reuben 
M., Rufus. Licensed 1820 by Tenn. Synod at first regular session of synod in Solo- 
mon's Church, Greene Co., Tenn. Ordained 1822 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served 
in N. C: supplied with others, Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1831, and Trinity, Vale- 
St. Paul, Newton (Startown), 1832; Bethel-Philadelphia, Gaston Co., 1832; in East 
Tennessee: 1820-1830, 1833-1850. In 1849 made an unsuccessful effort, disagreeing 
with positions of Tenn. Synod, to organize "The Reorganized Evang. Luth. Tenn. 
Synod", which led to removal of his name from the roll, Oct. 20, 1849. Died March 
29, 1850; buried at St. James Church, Greene Co., Tenn. 

ECKARD, GLENN STINE, born March 30, 1907, 
at Hickory. Parents: Jefferson Poly carp and Lyda Ola 
(Fry) Eckard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1928; Southern Sem., B.D. 1931. Married Ruby Pearl 
Sandel, Chapin, S. C, Jan. 31, 1933. Children: Seth 
Lyman, Glenn Jerome, Elaine Winona. Ordained 
1931 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1931- 
42. U. S. Navy chaplain, 1942-1953, retiring as Lt. 
Cmdr. Inactive as chaplain in 1946, and served Christ 
Mission, Norwich, N. Y. Churches served in N. C: 
Alamance, Alamance, 1953-63; Good Shepherd, 
Goldsboro, 1963-. 

ECKARD, RALPH E., born June 22, 1927, in Alexander Co. Parents: Frederick 
Lee and Vertie V. (Price) Eckard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; Chicago 
Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Betty Jayne Froehlich, Chicago, 111., June 10, 1950. Chil- 
dren: Nancy Ellen, Ruth Ann, Linda Jane. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod, and 
served churches in Iowa, 1950-56. Secretary, Iowa Synod, 1953-55, vice president, 
1955-56. Secretary for Stewardship, 111. Synod, 1962-63. Administrative assistant to 
President Franklin Clark Fry, LCA, New York City, 1963-. 




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EDSELL, ROBERT WILLIAM, born May 16, 1932, at Concord. Parents: Roy Lee 
and Blanche (Cress) Edsell. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Martha Rose Miller, Mt. Pleasant, June 25, 1955. Children: 
Maria Elizabeth, (twins) Amy Louise and Anna Linnett. Ordained 1958 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Peace, Guilford Co., 1958-60; mission developer, later 
pastor, Messiah, Burlington, I960—. 

EDWARDS, TED ELKAIN, born Oct. 22, 1933, in Pickens Co., S. C. Parents: 
Lowe Kline and Alice E. (West) Edwards. Educated: In Spencer (N. C.) schools; 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Unmarried. Ordained 
1959 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Va. Synod. Churches served: St. Timothy, 
Norfolk, Va., 1959-62. Since 1962, chaplain, U. S. Navy. Awarded by Navy Armed 
Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in South Viet Nam. Member, Pac. -Southwest 
Synod. 

EFIRD, ADAM, born April 20, 1821, in Stanly (then a part of Montgomery) Co. 
Parents: Martin and Mary (Coble) Efird. A younger brother was the Rev. Daniel 
Efird. Married Catharine Louise Miller, Rowan Co., Aug. 12, 1851. Children: The 
Rev. Jacob Killian, whose second wife was Lula J. Julian, daughter of the Rev. 
W. A. Julian, Albert Erastus, Jesse Windle (died in infancy), Abel Brown, Jason 
Adam, Francis Bruner, Garriefelia (mother of the Rev. Cecil Clarendon Hine). Li- 
censed 1847 and ordained 1850 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served (all Tenn. Synod): 
In N. C: St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1848-50; Becks-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1849-54; 
Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1851-52; and Sharon, Iredell Co., with his brother Daniel 
between 1846 and 1850; in Lexington Co., S. C, 1854-70: Zion; organized Emanuel, 
near Lexington; Cedar Grove, Leesville; St. Paul, Gilbert; and one other. Treasurer, 
Tenn. Synod, 1852; president, 1859, 61, 66; and member, Comm. to Examine and 
Report on the Book of Concord, 1851, published by Henkel Press. Served two years 
in S. C. Legislature during War Between the States; and as probate judge for Lex- 
ington Co., 1864-70. Collected considerable sums of money to aid sick and wounded 
soldiers of Confederate Army. As many early pastors, had to depend on farming and 
business for support, owning a large plantation, slaves, mansion house, and fine 
horses, also operating a rice mill, grist mill, and general store. Sherman's Army 
plundered his property but did not bum the home. Mrs. Efird thought it was be- 
cause she held her infant son Bruner in her arms. Health failing, he died Sept. 13, 
1870, in his fiftieth year; buried at Zion Church, Lexington Co., S. C. Later his 
widow moved to Mt. Pleasant, N. C, for her children's education at N. C. College 
and Mont Amoena Seminary. 

EFIRD, DANIEL, born Nov. 10, 1824, in Stanly Co. Parents: Martin and Mary 
(Coble) Efird. Studied privately and taught school; studied theology under the Revs. 
P. C. Henkel and Timothy Moser. Married Henrietta M. Dreher, youngest daughter 
of the Rev. Godfrey Dreher, Lexington Co., S. C, July 1, 1852. Children: Alice M., 
Mary Jane, Cyprian M., D. Franklin, Emilie, Belle; of the daughters only the first 
lived beyond age 9; the two sons were prominent lay leaders in S. C. Synod. Li- 
censed 1850, ordained 1852 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served, 1850-51; Sharon, 
Iredell Co.; St. Martin, Stanly Co. His son C. M. says, "He regularly supplied Flat 
Rock, Stanly Co., Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., Emmanuel, Luthers, and Union 
in Rowan Co., and Bethlehem, Lancaster Co., S. C." In 1851 after a preaching jour- 
ney to S. C, moved there to assist the Rev. Godfrey Dreher in serving churches in 
Lexington Co., S. C, 1851-54; and later was associated with brother, the Rev. Adam 



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Efird, and others to 1882, serving St. John, Pomaria; Bethlehem, near Irmo; St. Jacob 
and St. Peter, near Chapin; Zion and Emmanuel, near Lexington; St. Paul, Gilbert; 
and Cedar Grove, near Leesville. Churches served by Pastors Dreher and Efird, on 
petition, were received into Tenn. Synod at Salem Church, Lincoln Co., 1852. His 
entire ministry after 1851 was spent in S. C. Treasurer, Tenn. Synod, 1877. Pro- 
moted Pine Ridge Academy, Lexington Co., S. C. Died June 1, 1891; buried at St. 
Michael Church, near Irmo, S. C. 

EFIRD, FRANK KIMBALL, born Nov. 1, 1916, 
at Wadesboro. Parents: Frank M. and Beulah (Kim- 
ball) Efird. A great-grandson of the Rev. Whitson 
Kimball. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1938, 
D.D. 1957; Southern Sem., B.D. 1941. Married Sybil 
Eloise Trexler, Concord, Nov. 14, 1942. Children: 
Frank Kimball, Jr., Sybil Jane. Ordained 1941 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke-Morning 
Star, Monroe, 1941-43; organized and supplied St. 
Paul, Hamlet, 1941-42; in Va., 1943-53; St. John, 
Salisbury, 1953-63; Luther Memorial, Madison, Wise, 
1963-. Editor, The Virginia Lutheran. Va. and N. C. 
correspondent to The Lutheran, 1948-63. Member, 
1953-63, and vice-chairman, 1960-63, Board of Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll.; also, chairman of Directing Comm., 
for $1,500,000 campaign, 1955; member of same, $2,000,000 campaign, 1963. Mem- 
ber ULCA Board of Parish Education, 1954-62, and chairman of Joint Board Com- 
mittee for new parish education curriculum, 1960-62. Member, Executive Council, 
LCA, 1962-. LCA delegate to LWF Assembly, Helsinki, Finland, 1963. Councilor 
of ULCA at Nat. Luth. Council, and member, Executive Comm., 1958-62. Preacher 
in England and Scotland, 1961, in exchange program of Nat. Coun. of Churches 
U. S. A., and British Coun. of Churches. Author of "Meditations and Prayers", de- 
livered as chaplain at ULCA 1960 and 1962 conventions; "Observe a Week of Na- 
tional Penitence", in The National Lutheran, June 1961; sermons in The Christian 
Century Pulpit. A son of our synod making an outstanding contribution on the 
national scale of the Lutheran Church in America. 

EFIRD, JACOB KILLIAN, born June 28, 1852, in Davidson Co. Parents: The 
Rev. Adam and Catherine Louise (Miller) Efird. Educated: N. C. Coll.; studied 
theology under his uncle, the Rev. Daniel Efird. Married Lula Julian, Rowan Co., 
daughter of the Rev. W. A. Julian, Nov. 7, J 877. Children: Lester, Winford, Charles, 
at least a son and a daughter more (names unknown). Ordained 1878 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: Of Tenn. Synod in S. C, 1878-92: St. Paul-Cedar Grove, 
Lexington Co.; St. Peter (Piney Woods)-St. John (White Church), Newberry Co.; 
organized and served Holy Trinity, Little Mountain, 1890-92. Transferred to Synod 
of N. W., serving in state of Wash., 1893. Transferred back to Tenn. Synod, 1895, 
not known churches served. Member of S. C. Synod, 1901-05, serving again Holy 
Trinity, Little Mountain, which had changed synodical affiliation, and Macedonia, 
near Prosperity; also served Bethel Parish, Manassas, Va., 1905-12. Transferred 1912 
to N. Y. Synod. In retirement lived at Lowman Home, White Rock, S. C. Treasurer, 
Tenn. Synod. 1885-87. Died 1924; buried at St. Peter (Piney Woods) Church, near 
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EMMERT, JACOB B., born May 7, 1815, in Carter Co., Tenn. Ordained deacon 
1850 and pastor 1853 by Tenn. Synod. "He never held a regular pastorate but 
preached at outposts, and assisted other pastors. He died Oct. 16, 1873. His post 
office was Holston Furnace, Term., near Elizabethton. He was one of a number of 
men who were ordained from time to time to meet the urgent need for ministers." 
One of the organizers of the Holston Synod, 1860-61. 

FAGGART, BRADY YOUNG, JR., born April 17, 1930, at Concord. Parents: Brady 
Y. and Annie Lee (Aycock) Faggart. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1956. Married Lois Barrier McEachern, Concord, Aug. 1, 1952. 
Children: Laura Beth, Lois Anne, Luther Brady. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mission developer, later pastor, Good Shepherd, Hickory, 1956-59; 
St. Mark, China Grove, 1960-63. Synodical secretary, Christian Education, Salisbury, 
1963-. 



FARRIS, MELBOURNE RUDISILL, born July 19, 
1905, at Cherryville. Parents: William A. and Etta 
Viola (Rudisill) Farris. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1928; Southern Sem., 1931. Married Elizabeth 
Lingle, Rowan Co., daughter of the Rev. G. H. L. 
Lingle, June 30, 1931. Children: Mary Melbourne, 
Hama Elizabeth. Ordained 1931 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Holy Comforter, Belmont, 1931-36; 
Salem, Rowan Co., 1936-43; Peace-Sharon-Friedens, 
Gibsonville, 1943-49; Friedens only, 1949-51; First, 
Lexington, 1951—. Contemporary-style church built, 
1958-59; cost, including additional property and fur- 
nishings, $285,000. 




FESPERMAN, FRANCIS IRVING, born Oct. 19, 1921, in Rockingham Co. Par- 
ents: Luther A. and Beulah (Beaver) Fesperman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945; Chicago Sem., S.T.M. 1962; Vanderbilt Univ., 
candidate for Ph.D. Married Kathleen Castor, Cabarrus Co., Oct. 8, 1939. Children: 
Martha Lou, Luther Paul. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Fla. 
Synod. Churches served in Fla.: Lake City; Gainesville; and St. Petersburg, 1945-57. 
Since, 1957, asst. professor (Bible, Ethics), and chaplain, Newberry College. 



FESPERMAN, JOSEPH HAMILTON, born July 
7, 1841, in Rowan Co. Parents: Michael and Cynthia 
Fesperman. Educated: No formal education; studied 
theology under older ministers. Married Crissie Ann 
Lentz, Rowan Co., Sept. 19, 1866. Children: Bikle 
Hamilton, Augustus Love, Claudia Brown, Lula Irene, 
Joseph Eugene, Florence Bell, Arthur Ney. Licensed 
1868 and ordained 1871 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Two in Davie Co.; Beth Eden, Newton; or- 
ganized Providence "in Scotch-Irish township", Row- 
an Co., 1871-76; St. Michael, Troutman, 1871-77, 
and St. Paul, Iredell Co, 1871-74. Seems to have 
retired about 1877, account of ill health. Author of 
"The Life of a Sufferer, An Autobiography", "Prac- 
tical Lessons and Devotional Thoughts", "A Sufferer's 




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view of Christ and the Scriptures, or The Sick Man's Friend". Died April 26, 1917; 
buried in St. Michael Cemetery, Troutman. 

FINCK, WILLIAM JOHN, born July 1, 
1861, at Trenton, N. J. Educated: Muhlen- 
berg Coll., A.B. 1884, D.D. 1915; Philadel- 
phia Sem., 1887, graduate study, Indiana 
Univ., and elsewhere. Married Anna Louise 
Kretschmann, Philadelphia, Pa., May 8, 
1888. Children: George Ernest, Margaret 
(married the Rev. Henry H. Bagger), the 
Rev. Theodore Kretschmann, Elmer Fred- 
erick. Ordained 1887 by Min. of Pa. 
Churches served: In Pa. and Ind., 1887- 
1906; St. Matthew, Augusta, Ga., 1906- 
12; Emmanuel-Mt. Zion, New Market, Va., 
1912-31 (1912-21 in Tenn. Synod, 1921-24 
in Un. N. C. Synod, transferred to Va. 
Synod, 1924). Member, ULCA West Indies 
Board. Author of "Lutheran Landmarks and 
Pioneers in America", 1913. Collaborator in 
writing histories of synods. Left unpublished 
research in early American Lutheran Church history, especially on the eastern 
seaboard. Died Oct. 3, 1945; buried in Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, Del. 

FINK, WILLIAM H., licensed 1847 but never ordained by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1846-47. Transferred 1848 to S. C. Synod, and pre- 
sumably ordained in 1850; served St. James, Jalapa, S. C. 

FISCHER, JOHN FREDERICK, born Dec. 6, 1934, at Charleston, S. C. Parents: 
Henry P. and Blanche (O'Neill) Fischer. Mother and wife's father were Roman 
Catholic; her mother Methodist; his father Lutheran. Educated: Coll. of Charleston 
B.S. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married June Loretta Pop, Mt. Pleasant, S. C, 
Aug. 24, 1958. Son: John Christopher. Ordained 1961 by S. C. Synod, and trans- 
ferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Atonement, Wilkesboro, 1961-64. Trans- 
ferred 1964 to S. C. Synod. St. Paul, Gilbert, S. C, 1964-. 

FISHER, CARL HILBERT, bom Nov. 19, 1910, at Salisbury. Parents: Luther 
Vastine and Cora Ann (Brown) Fisher. A grandson of the Rev. Richard L. Brown. 
Educated: Univ. N. C, A.B. 1932; Southern Sem., B.D. 1937. Married Lena Belle 
Gobble, East Spencer, Dec. 21, 1935. Son: Carl Hilbert, Jr. Ordained 1937 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Grace-Melanchthon-Richland, Liberty, 1937-39; St. Mat- 
thew, Wilmington, 1939-46; Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly, 1946-55. Transferred 1955 
to Ky.-Tenn. Synod. 1965: Our Saviour, Albany, Ga. 

FISHER, CARL MELCHIOR, born Feb. 4, 1933, in Davidson Co. Parents: The 
Rev. Roy Linn and Ethel (Blackwelder) Fisher. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958; Chicago Luth. Sch. of Missions, 1961-62. Married 
Miriam Eleazer, Orangeburg, S. C, June 21, 1959. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. 
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FISHER, CHARLES LEE THORNTON, born 
April 4, 1857, in Rowan Co. Parents: Peter Alexander 
and Camilla Elizabeth (Brown) Fisher. A younger 
brother was the Rev. J. H. C. Fisher. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., Gettysburg Coll., A.B. and A.M. 1882; 
Gettysburg Sem., 1885. Married Mary Caroline Hor- 
ner, Gettysburg, Pa., Aug. 28, 1886. Children: Pauline 
Tyrone, Horner Charles. Licensed 1884 and ordained 
1885 by Md. Synod. Churches served: in Md. and 
Neb., 1885-89. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1890. 
Professor (Latin, Greek), N. C. Coll., 1889-92. Prin- 
cipal, Mont Amoena Sem., 1892-97. Vice-president, 
Elizabeth Coll., Charlotte, 1897-1904. Churches 
served: with the Rev. J. D. Shirey, Holy Trinity, Mt. 
Pleasant, 1890-92; Luthers, Rowan Co., 1903; sup- 




plied 6 mos., Mt. Zion, Richfield, 1904; Holy Trinity-Mt. Gilead, Mt. Pleasant, 1923- 
25; again supplied, Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1926. While in educational work and 
after retiring in 1926 at Lynchburg, Va., his pastoral service was chiefly on supply 
basis. Died March 10, 1936; buried at Lynchburg, Va. 



FISHER, CLIFFORD PAUL, born July 29, 1877, 
in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Thomas and Margaret (Bar- 
ringer) Fisher. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1900; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1903; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 
1943. Married Zelia Gladys Pless, Rowan Co., April 
22, 1908. Children: Vern Weidner, Ertha Margaret, 
the Rev. Clifford Paul, II, Mary Gladys. Ordained 
1903 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Faith-Em- 
manuel, Faith, 1903-18; St. Mark, China Grove, 
1918-26; St. James-Emmanuel, Rockwell, 1926-30; 
Trinity-Concordia, Landis, 1930-45; also, supplied the 
following: Wittenberg, Granite Quarry, 1930-40; Mt. 
Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1910; Grace, Rowan Co., 1922, 
1923-25; Prosperity, Cabarrus Co., 1924; and New 
Bethel, Stanly Co., 1925. Member, Board of Lenoir 




Rhyne Coll., 1931-45. Died, still active at Landis, Oct. 26, 1945; buried at Faith 
Church, Faith. 

FISHER, CLIFFORD PAUL, II, born Oct. 16, 1918, at China Grove. Parents: 
The Rev. Clifford Paul and Zelia Gladys (Pless) Fisher. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1940; Southern Sem., B.D. 1943. Married Martha Lou Mauney, Kings 
Mountain, June 30, 1943. Children: Martha Jean, Zelia Elizabeth, Clifford Paul, III. 
Ordained 1943 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Prosperity, Cabarrus Co., 1943-49; 
St. James, Rockwell, 1949-62. Transferred 1962 to S. C. Synod, serving Transfigu- 
ration, Cayce, S. C. 

FISHER, EARLE HUGO, born March 24, 1913, in Salisbury. Parents: Luther 
Vastine and Cora Ann (Brown) Fisher. A grandson of the Rev. Richard L. Brown. 
Educated: Roanoke Coll., B.S. 1936; Southern Sem., 1939. Sons of first marriage: 
Patrick, Earl Michael. Second marriage was to Kaja Westergard, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
Oct. 9, 1954. Ordained 1939 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C, but 
in S. C, Tenn., Va., and N. Y., to 1954. After 1954 not in Lutheran ministry. Af- 
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63; Faith, Evansville, Ind. 



FISHER, HERMAN GEORGE, bom March 25, 
1906, at Salisbury. Parents: Luther Vastine and Cora 
Ann (Brown) Fisher. Twin brother is the Rev. Ray R. 
Fisher. A grandson of the Rev. Richard L. Brown. 
Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1928; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1931. Married Ruby Brooks Lowder, Burling- 
ton, Sept. 9, 1930. Children: Herman George, Jr., 
Araminta Ann, Ruby Vance, John Hilbert. Ordained 
1931 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Alamance, 
Alamance, as student supply 1929-31, as pastor 1931- 
37; Redeemer, Macon, Ga., 1937-40; again in N. C.: 
St. Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 1940-44; 
Concordia, Rowan Co., 1944-48; Advent, Spindale, 
1948-53. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1953. Other 
churches served: St. John, Spartanburg, S. C., 1953- 
1963-65. Again in N. C: St. Mark, Mooresville, 1965-. 



FISHER, JAMES HENRY CORNELIUS, born 
March 30, 1859, in Rowan Co. Parents: Peter Alex- 
ander and Camilla Elizabeth (Brown) Fisher. An 
older brother was the Rev. C. L. T. Fisher. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., Gettysburg A.B. 1887; Gettysburg Sem., 
1890. Married Leah J. Blackwelder, Mt. Pleasant, 
1897. Children: Katherine B., Amy Louise, Mary 
Virginia, Henry Lee. Licensed 1889 and ordained 
1890 by Md. Synod. Churches served: New Bethel, 
Stanly Co., 1893-94; Luthers, Rowan Co., 1894-96; 
Emmanuel, Rowan Co., 1900-02; Prosperity, Cabar- 
rus Co., 1900-19; supply, St. Andrew, Concord, 1914; 
Mt. Hermon-Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1925-30; 
supply, Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus Co., 1926-32. Principal, 
preparatory department, N. C. Coll., five years. Prin- 
cipal, Mont Amoena Sem., 1902-14, 1921-27. Retired at Mt. Pleasant. Died April 10, 
1933: buried at Mt. Pleasant. 




FISHER, RAY RICHARD, born March 25, 1906, 
at Salisbury. Parents: Luther Vastine and Cora Ann 




(Brown) Fisher. Twin brother is the Rev. Herman 
George Fisher. A grandson of the Rev. Richard L. 
Brown. Educated: Roanoke Coll., Catawba Coll., 
A.B. 1928; studied law 1 year, Univ. N. C; Southern 
Sem., 1933; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1960. Married 
Ruth Lyerly, Salisbury, June 24, 1933. Children: Ray 
Richard, II, Rebecca Ruth. Ordained 1933 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: In Saluda Co., S. C, 1933- 
37; in N. C: St. Mark, Asheville, 1937-42; Augsburg, 
Winston-Salem, 1942-. Since 1958 the Rev. L. C. 
Bumgarner has been co-pastor at Augsburg. Member, 
Boards of Lutheridge, 1949-58, and of Southern 
Sem., 1958-64. Sermons published in Ministers An- 



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FISHER, ROSCOE BROWN, born Nov. 21, 1909, at Salisbury. Parents: Luther 
Vastine and Cora Ann (Brown) Fisher. A grandson of the Rev. Richard L. Brown. 
Educated: Univ. N. C, A.B. 1931; Southern Sem., 1934; graduate study, Univ. 
N. C, and Columbia Univ. Married Pauline Little, Statesville, Sept. 28, 1935. Chil- 
dren: Luther Brown (died in 8th year), Martha Little, Mary Pauline, Miriam Ann, 
Mildred Brown, Luther Brown, II. Ordained 1934 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Assistant, St. John, Salisbury, summer 1934; pastor to Lutheran students, Univ. N. C, 
Chapel Hill, 1934-35; developed and organized St. James, Fayetteville, 1935-38, 
also St. John, Asheboro, 1938-42; St. Paul, Hamlet, 1942-44; St. Stephen-St. John, 
Lenoir, 1944-52. Transferred to N. Y. Synod, 1952. Editor, N. C. Lutheran. N. C. 
Correspondent to The Lutheran. Member, radio and TV committees of synods and 
councils of churches. Not in Lutheran ministry after 1954. Affiliated with the Pres- 
byterian Church. 



FISHER, ROY LINN, born July 31, 1901, in 
Rowan Co. Parents: Linn A. and Maggie (Penninger) 
Fisher. Educated: M.P.C.I., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1925; Southern Sem., B.D. 1928; graduate study, 
Univ. S. C; Erlangen Univ., Germany; Ind. Univ., 
1956-58; Chicago Sem., 1958-61. Married Ethel 
Frances Blackwelder, Cabarrus Co., May 28, 1929. 
Children: Doris Roselyn, Daphne Jean, the Rev. Carl 
Melchior, Dr. Marjorie Ethel. Ordained 1928 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holly Grove-Becks- 
New Jerusalem-Lebanon, Davidson Co., 1928-42; or- 
ganized Silver Valley, Davidson Co., 1940-42; St. 
Paul-Bethphage-St. Mark-Bethel, Crouse, 1942-43. 
Chaplain, U. S. Army, 1943-54; awarded five theatre 
ribbons. Since 1955, chaplain, State Hospital, Logans- 
port, Ind. Transferred 1962 to Ind.-Ky. Synod. 




FLEENOR, ADAM, born Nov. 3, 1826, in Washington Co., Va. Father: Abraham 
Fleenor. Married Lavinia Ottinger, Cocke Co., Tenn., 1852. Children: Joseph, Mary, 
Sarah, Narcissus, Adam. Ordained deacon 1852 in Salem Church, Lincoln Co., and 
pastor 1856 in Melanchthon Church, Randolph Co., by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In vicinity of Parrottsville, Tenn., where settled, 1852-70. One of organizers 
of Holston Synod, 1860-61. Author of motion to begin Sunday School work in that 
synod. Died April 14, 1870; buried at Salem Church, Cocke Co., Tenn. 



FLEENOR, JAMES, born Sept. 30, 1806, in Washington Co., Va. Married first 
Catherine Horn in 1830 (died 1852). Children: Five sons, four daughters. Second 
marriage to Ludia Vicars (died 1877, 12 years before his death). Children: One son, 
one daughter. Entered ministry in middle forties, ordained deacon in 1850 and 
pastor 1853 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In Rich and Poor Valleys, Washing- 
ton Co., Va. One of ten organizers of Holston Synod, 1860-61. Was a paralytic in- 
valid for fifteen years before death on June 29, 1889. Buried, presumably, in Wash- 
ington Co., Va. 

FOLK, EDWARD LESSING, born Oct. 4, 1858, near Shepherdstown, W. Va. 
Parents: Jacob and Martha Jane (Lingamfelter) Folk. Educated: Shepherd Normal 
School, graduating 1879; several years at Roanoke Coll., and Southern Sem., while 



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at Salem, Va.; one year at Philadelphia Sem., graduating 1885. Married Lucy Fla- 
herty Riner, Riner, Va., June 13, 1888. Children: Martha Melissa, Edward Riner. 
Ordained 1885 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va. and Pa., 1885-1900; 
Augsburg, Winston-Salem, 1900-02; again in Va., 1902-15; First, Greensboro, 1916- 
17; in Md., 1918-21. Retired 1921 in Washington, D. C, supplying churches, some- 
times for a year. Contributed poems to "The Poetry Digest", annual anthology of 
verse (1939), also to The Lutheran and other periodicals. Book of poems, "Lutheran 
Lyrics, An Anthology of Aesthetic, Moral, and Religious Poems" (ULC Pub. House). 
Died April 14, 1939; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, W. Va. 

FORESTER, DAVID, licensed 1826 and ordained 1828 by Tenn. Synod, in St. 
Paul Church, Newton (Startown). Served a number of Tenn. Synod churches until 
about 1850 when affiliated with Joint Synod of Ohio. 

THE FOX FAMILY 

In the Biography of Rev. Alfred J. Fox, M.D., his son Junius wrote, 
'The family of Alfred Fox cannot boast of a celebrated ancestry. No 
distinguished persons known to us come in his lineal descent. Beyond a 
partial obscure history of the German settlements in Pennsylvania, from 
which he sprang, his genealogy is unknown." However, it is known that 
David Fox, and Elizabeth Moretz, a sister of the Rev. Christian Moretz, 
were married in Pennsylvania early in the nineteenth century and soon 
thereafter settled in Chatham County, N. C, where their son Alfred 
was born. It is also a matter of record that many descendants of this 
couple rendered distinguished service in the ministry and other profes- 
sions, particularly medicine. Of special interest are the relationships 
that were established through marriage. The oldest daughter married 
the Rev. P. C. Henkel and the youngest the Rev. Thomas Crouse. The 
sister of Elizabeth Moretz Fox married the Rev. Daniel Moser, first of 
the line of ministers of that name. 

FOX, ALFRED J., pastor, physician, and school 
teacher, born Sept. 6, 1817, near Staley, Randolph 
Co. Parents: David and Elizabeth (Moretz) Fox. No 
data is available as to education for the ministry; 
about 1850/51 graduated with M.D. from Univ. Ga. 
Med. School, Augusta, Ga. Received D.D. degree. 
Married Lydia Bost, Cabarrus Co., April 5, 1842. 
Eleven children: The Rev. Luther Augustine, Isa- 
bella Jane, Albert C. (M.D.), Eugene (M.D.), Ida 
Catherine, Emma Frances, Laura E., the Rev. Junius 
Bost, John Frank (M.D.), Claud Porterfield (M.D.), 
Lawrence Sylvester (D.D.S.). Two cousins and a 
grandson were Lutheran pastors, and a cousin, 
Rebecca Fox, married the Rev. Polycarp C. Henkel. 
Ordained deacon 1837 and pastor 1838 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C, 1837-42: With other pastors, Morning Star, Meck- 
lenburg Co.; Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co.; St. Martin, Cabarrus Co.-St. Martin, Stanly 




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Co.; in Term., 1844-46: Blue Springs, Sinking Springs, Cone Creek, and Salem; in 
Ala., as Tenn. Synod missionary, also privately studying medicine under Drs. Francis 
and Clark; and later at Augusta, Ga., as noted above. Practiced medicine, doubtless 
along with cure of souls, in Ala., for several years. Returned to N. C, in 1854 to 
serve churches and practice medicine: In Watauga Co., Mt. Pleasant, 1869; in Lin- 
coln Co.: Trinity, Vale, 1854-74; Daniels-St. Luke, 1855-75; organized Bethphage, 
1858-73; and Salem, 1860-84; in Gaston Co.: Christ, Stanley, 1854; and St. Mark, 
1868-72; in Catawba Co.: Grace, 1855-84; Sardis, 1867-72; and Holy Trinity, Hick- 
ory, 1880-84; in Iredell Co.: Sharon-St. Martin, 1874-76; and St. Matthew, Kings 
Mountain, 1884. In addition to ministry and medical practice, also taught school at 
times in N. C, Tenn., and Ala. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 3 one-year terms, 1843-64; 
president, 6 one-year terms, 1857-81; and treasurer, 1871, 76. Member, Tenn. Synod 
Comms.: To Prepare Order for Licensure of Ministers, 1865; to Examine Books of 
Worship and Recommend One for Use in Tenn. Synod (The Church Book of Gen- 
eral Council was recommended); on Joint Comms. of N. C. and Tenn. Synods to 
Present Basis for Union, 1871, adopted by both synods, but later N. C. Synod voted 
"to postpone all action in regard to union with other ecclesiastical bodies for five 
years", but a merger was effected 50 years later (1921); and to Submit Policy to 
Avoid Conflicts in the Work of the Two Synods, 1882. An outstanding churchman 
who served faithfully and well in the ministry for 47 years and successfully as a 
physician for 33 years. His stewardship of life enriched with spiritual wholeness 
and physical health an uncounted number of persons in his own and other homes, 
in churches, communities where he lived, and in the work of his synod. Died June 
10, 1884; buried at Salem Church, Catawba Co. 

FOX, CLARENCE MERKEL, born Aug. 11, 1870, at Strasburg, Pa. Parents: The 
Rev. Luther Augustine and Marie Henrietta (Glossbrenner) Fox. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1890; perhaps seminary training there also. Married Minnie Frye, Cripple 
Creek, Va., May 8, 1901. Children: Dorothy Clay, Luther Augustine, Thurston Giv- 
ens, John Alfred. Licensed 1892 and ordained 1893 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In S. C, 1894-97; in N. C: Cobles-Lows-Richland-St. Paul, Guilford and 
Alamance Cos., 1906-07; St. Enoch, Rowan Co.-Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1908-09; St. 
Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1914-16; Luthers-New Bethel-Mt. Zion, Richfield, 
1916-18; supplied Lebanon, 1921, Grace, 1922, and Concordia, 1930, Rowan Co.; 
also churches in Tenn. and Va. Died March 10, 1936; buried at Salisbury. 

FOX, D. E., was a nephew of the Rev. A. J. Fox. Licensed as deacon 1863 by 
the Rev. P. C. Henkel on order of Tenn. Synod, and ordained as pastor 1865 by 
Tenn. Synod. Died the next year, 1866; buried at St. John Church, Catawba Co. 

FOX, JUNIUS BOST, son of the Rev. Alfred J. and Lydia (Bost) Fox, and a 
younger brother of the Rev. L. A. Fox. Educated: Data not available; but Ph.D., 
follows his name on page 185 S. C. Synod History (1924). Married Nancy Mayes. 
Children: Junius Bost, Jr., Nancy Elizabeth, William Mayes. Examined and ordina- 
tion authorized in 1883 by special committee, Tenn. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1881-83; first regular pastor, Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly, 
1882-84. Transferred to Holston Synod, 1884. On clerical roll of S. C. Synod, 1886- 
99. Churches served: Organized Mt. Hermon, Peak, S. C, 1889—; Redeemer, New- 
berry, S. C, 1893-99. Died 1900; buried at Newberry, S. C. Author of a biography 
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FOX, LUTHER AUGUSTINE, born in 1843. Par- 
ents: The Rev. Alfred J. and Lydia (Bost) Fox. A 
younger brother was the Rev. Junius Bost Fox. Edu- 
cated: Attended N. C. and Newberry Colleges. Re- 
ceived A.B. from Roanoke College 1868 and D.D. 
1881. LL.D. from Susquehanna University 1915. 
No formal seminary training; studied theology under 
his father, Dr. Alfred J. Fox. Married Marie Hen- 
rietta Glossbrenner. Children: The Rev. Clarence 
Merkel, Alice Virginia (married the Rev. C. K. Bell), 
Horace, Alfred J. Licensed 1863 and ordained 1864 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Supply, St. Mark, 
Gaston Co., 1866; New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., 
1867. Transferred 1868 to S. W. Va. Synod. Trans- 
ferred back to Tenn. Synod 1871 from Min. of Pa. 
Transferred again to S. W. Va. Synod 1886. Long-time professor, Roanoke Coll. 
Secretary of Tenn. Synod, 4 one-year terms, 1866-81; president, 1874-75. Died at 
Salem, Va., July 9, 1925; buried in East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va. 

FOX, MICHAEL LEONARD, bom Jan. 13, 1827, in Randolph Co. Parents: Chris- 
tian and Charity (Moser) Fox. Educated: As a medical doctor with M.D. degree, and 
later studied theology, perhaps under guidance of second cousin, the Rev. Alfred J. 
Fox. Married Sarah Lutterloh. Children: William A., Julia, Leonard Michael, Cora 
M., Sally Ann, Dennis L., Thomas Israel, Junius C. Two sons followed father in 
medical profession. Received D.D. degree. Licensed 1867 and ordained 1871 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Cobles, Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, Randolph Co.- 
Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1867-88, the span of his pastoral ministry. Had extensive 
medical practice in home county, Randolph, and adjoining counties, but fulfilled 
obligations to his parish. Representative, one term in N. C. General Assembly. Died 
July 22, 1888; buried at Melanchthon Church, Randolph Co. 

FRANKLOW, JOHN PHILIP, a pioneer N. C. Synod minister laboring in S. C, 
until 1824, when the S. C. Synod was organized. Licensed April 1812 and ordained 
Oct. 1812 in Lau's (Lows) Church, Guilford Co., by N. C. Synod. Churches served, 
all in S. C: St. Matthew, Cameron, 1799-1814; Bethel (High Hill), Richland Co., 
where preached in German, while the Rev. Godfrey Dreher preached in English; 
Zion, Lexington Co.; St. Michael, near Irmo. One of six N. C. Synod pastors in S. C, 
(the others: the Revs. John Y. Meetze, Godfrey Dreher, Michael Rauch, Jacob Moser, 
and Samuel Herscher), who with their lay delegates organized S. C. Synod at St. 
Michael, near Irmo, S. C, 1824. Died Sept. 4, 1829; buried in Lexington Co., S. C. 

FRAZIER, CYRUS FIELD, JR., born Aug. 23, 1927, in Catawba Co. Parents: 
Cyrus Field and Zelda B. (Huffman) Frazier. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1953; Southern Sem., 1956. Married Ann Ranes Cline, Charlotte, April 15, 1958. 
Children: Laura Cline, Cyrus Field, III. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
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FREED, WALTER BITNER, born Sept. 29, 1909, 
at Johnstown, Pa. Parents: Benjamin F. and Leanora 
(Walter) Freed. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 
1930, D.D. 1948; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1933. Mar- 
ried Natalie Selser, Mercersburg, Pa., June 21, 1938. 
Children: Rosann Mary, Barbara Bitner, Walter Bit- 
ner, Jr. Licensed 1932 and ordained 1933 by Alle- 
gheny Synod. Churches served: Trinity, Greencastle, 
Pa., 1933-37; in N. C: St. Paul, Wilmington, 1937- 
48; St. Mark, Charlotte, 1948-54. Transferred to Md. 
Synod, 1954; Luther Place Memorial, Washington, 
D. C, 1954-60. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1946-54. Special lecturer in Preaching, South- 
ern Sem., 1953-54. Member, and sometime president, 
ULCA and LCA Board of Parish Education. Con- 




tributor to religious and secular magazines. Sermons published. Religious radio and 
television. 1965: Reformation, Rochester, N. Y. 

FREEZE, GRAY LAWRENCE, born Sept. 23, 1925, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
William Reynolds and Effie (Gatton) Freeze. Educated: Brevard Coll., two years, 
Catawba Coll., A.B. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Florence Estelle Yar- 
brough, Salisbury, May 28, 1950. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Andrew, New Bern, 1951-54; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1954-58; 
Christ, East Spencer, 1958-63; St. Luke, Monroe, 1964-. 

FRICK, VERNON ARDELL, born July 7, 1925, near Chapin, S. C. Parents: J. B. 
and Annie Mae (Riddle) Frick. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1950; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Ethel Clamp, Prosperity, S. C, June 2, 1946. Children: 
Humis Dawn, Kristie Vernell, Amy Doratha. Ordained 1953 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In S. C, 1953-61; Union, Rowan Co., 1961-. 



FRITZ, CHARLES EVERETT, born June 25, 
1891, in Davidson Co. Parents: William and Albertine 
(Grimes) Fritz. An older half-brother was the Rev. 
R. L. Fritz. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1914, 
D.D. 1939; Chicago Sem., 1917. Married Rose Mar- 
garet Stump, Maywood, 111., daughter of the Rev. 
Joseph Stump, April 26, 1917. Children: Charles Jos- 
eph, the Rev. William Richard, Alice Albertine, the 
Rev. Robert Douglas, Elizabeth Anne. Ordained 1917 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Holy Commun- 
ion-Antioch-Philadelphia-St. Paul, Dallas, 1917-19; in 
Ind., 1919-22; in Wise, 1922-35; First, Greensboro, 
1935-39. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1940; Ebenezer, 
Columbia, S. C, 1940-49; in Ga., Peachtree Road 
Lutheran, Atlanta, Ga., 1949-50. President, Ga.-Ala. 




Synod, 1950 to his death in 1957. Delegate of Tenn. Synod to ULCA merger con- 
vention, 1918, and other conventions. Member, board, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1937-39. 
Member, ULCA Board of Adjudication. Published pamphlets, and contributed ar- 
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FRITZ, ROBERT DOUGLAS, born Jan. 18, 1927, at Waukesha, Wise. Parents: 
The Rev. Charles Everett and Rose Margaret (Stump) Fritz. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Anne Estelle McClintock, Mon- 
treal June 8, 1952. Sons: Robert Douglas, Jr., David Alan. Ordained 1950 by Ga.- 
Ala. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1950-54; Resurrec- 
tion, Kings Mountain, 1954-58. Transferred to Ky.-Tenn. Synod, 1959, and served 
Bethany, Memphis, Tenn., to 1963; St. John Salisbury, 1963-. Member, Board of 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1964-. 

FRITZ, ROBERT LINDSAY, born Feb. 
2, 1869, in Davidson Co. Parents: William 
and Lucretia (Bowers) Fritz. Mother died 
day of his birth. The Rev. Charles E. Fritz 
was a younger half-brother. Educated: Roa- 
noke, Concordia, and Lenoir Rhyne Colls., 
A.B. 1891, in first class; studied theology at 
last named two; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., hon. 
M.A. 1895, D.D. 1913, LL.D. 1941; grad- 
uate study, Johns Hopkins Univ., and Univ. 
N. C. Married Ora Leslie Huit, Catawba 
Co, April 30, 1896. Children: Robert Lind- 
say, Jr., Herbert Huit, Ruth Katharine, Ora 
Louise, Mary Lucretia, William Abel, Jacob 
L, John Richard, Dorothy Esther, Lula 
Elizabeth, and Conrad Bowers (first son an 
educator, next three M.D.'s, last two 
D.D.S.'s). Licensed 1891 and ordained 1894 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served, chiefly 
supply work, due to teaching and adminis- 
trative duties in colleges: Salem, Lincoln 
Co.; St. Paul, Catawba Co, 1897; with oth- 
ers, Shiloh, Alexander Co, 1896-1907; St. Andrew, Hickory, 1894-95; Good Hope, 
Hickory. For 56 years, except 1897-1901 (when on faculty of Elizabeth Coll, Char- 
lotte), served at Lenoir Rhyne Coll, as teacher, 1891-97; president and professor, 
1901-20; professor and head (Math. Dept.), 1920-47; professor emeritus, 1947-61. 
Retired 1947 at Hickory. Recently constructed men's dormitory at college is named 
in his memory. Member of learned societies: Mu Sigma Epsilon, Chi Beta Phi, N. C. 
Acad, of Science, Math. Assoc. of America, and (life) Nat. Educ'l Assoc.; listed in 
"Who's Who in America". Died Oct. 6, 1961, in 93rd year; buried in Oakwood 
Cemetery, Hickory. Last surviving member of original faculty and of first graduating 
class of Lenoir Rhyne College. 

FRY, HOMER EDGAR, born Nov. 5, 1927, in Catawba Co. Parents: George 
Franklin and Mattie Anna (Miller) Fry. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll, A.B. 1951; 
Southern Sem, B.D. 1955. Married Alice Eldora Barnhardt, Concord, May 27, 1956. 
Children: Trudy Ellen, Franklin Edgar, Nelson Earl. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Luthers, Rowan Co, 1955-57; Christ, Stanley, 1957-62; Holly 
Grove, Davidson Co, 1962-64; Cross of Christ (formerly Prosperity), Cabarrus Co, 
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FULENWIDER, EDWARD, born Nov. 29, 1876, 
at Salisbury. Parents: G. O. and Millie (Earnhardt) 
Fulenwider. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1899; South- 
ern Sem., 1902; Newberry Coll., D.D. 1925. Married 
M. Venora Blackwelder, Mt. Pleasant, May 6, 1903. 
Children: Paul Edward B., George Osborne, Mary 
Houseal (died in 3rd year), Edward, Jr. Ordained 
1902 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Andrew- 
Mt. Hermon, Concord, 1902-04; as synodical mission- 
ary organized and served First Church, Lexington, 
1904-08; Redeemer, Newberry, S. C, 1908-20; in 
N. C: St. John, Salisbury, 1920-30; Macedonia, Bur- 
lington, 1930-40; Holy Trinity, Troutman, 1940-47. 
Retired 1947 at Mt. Pleasant. Supplied Mt. Gilead, 
Cabarrus Co., 1947-53; also, 1954-55; Faith, Faith; 
Luthers, Rowan Co.; and St. Andrew, Concord. Later resided at Union, S. C. Mem- 
ber, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. President, S. C. Synod, 1916-18. Delegate, orga- 
nizing convention (1918) and other ULCA conventions. In nine year pastorate at 
St. John, Salisbury, received 900 adult members (115 on one Sunday) and 329 
infants by baptism, and Sunday School grew from 350 to more than 1,000; also 
present church edifice built on a new site. Died May 1, 1962, at Union, S. C; buried 
in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S. C. 

FULMER, CLARENCE LUTHER, JR., born Aug. 18, 1929, at Augusta, Ga. 
Parents: Clarence Luther and Julia (McCarty) Fulmer. Educated: Jr. Coll. of Augusta, 
2 years, Newberry Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Ordained 1954 by 
Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1954-57; St. 
Timothy, Forest Park, Ga., 1957-61; assoc. pastor, Holy Trinity, Buffalo, N. Y. 
1961-. 

FULMER, VERLEY LORENZO, born Sept. 11, 
1887, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Sidney C. and 
Ada (Wessinger) Fulmer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1910; Southern Sem., 1913, B.D. 1927; 
Franklin and Marshall Coll., M.A. 1926. Married 
Edith P. Shell, Hickory, July 15, 1913. Children: 
Alice Rebecca, Rachel Shell, Ruth Virginia, John 
Henry, Edith Lorene, James Verley. Ordained 1913 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethel Parish, 
White Rock, S. C, 1913-15; in N. C: Beth Eden, 
Newton, 1915-20, also in Catawba Co.: New Jeru- 
salem-Zion, 1915-17, and St. Timothy, 1916-20; 
Raders-St. Paul-St. John, Timberville, Va., 1920-23; 
also in Pa., and S. C, last parish, Zion, Marietta, Pa. 
Member, Board of Lowman Home, 1914-15. Author 
of several church and family histories. Died March 5, 1959; buried at Zion Church, 
Leacock, Pa., which he had served. 

GANTT, JAMES RICHARD, born Sept. 11, 1933, at High Point. Parents: Claude 
Miles and Margaret (Ledbetter) Gantt. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Connie Lee McElveen, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 30, 
1958. Children: Donna Celeste, Kellie Diane, Allison Dawn. Ordained 1959 by N. C. 





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Synod. Churches served: St. Andrew, Concord, 1959-62. Transferred 1962 to Fla. 
Synod; mission developer, later pastor, Our Saviour, Tampa, Fla., 1962—. 

GEORGE, JOHN JACOB, born June 15, 1866, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
Nelson Benjamin and Isabel (Shealy) George. Educated: Newberry Coll., Concordia 
Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1892; graduate study 1 year, Columbia Univ. Mar- 
ried Frances Pearl Mauney, Cherryville, July 29, 1896. Children: Virgil and Virgie 
(twins, died day of birth), Frances Linchen, Melba Kerne, Prentis Legare, Katherine 
Isaminnie, Samuel Delmas, John Howard, Mary Reba, Marjorie, Sidney Spitzer (died 
at 6 mos.), Garcie Celestine, Ruth Mauney, John Jacob, Jr. Ordained 1893 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served in N. C, 1893-99: St. Mark, Crouse; Bethphage, Lincoln 
Co.; St. John, Cherryville. Thereafter engaged in business in Cherryville. Treasurer, 
Tenn. Synod, 1896-97. Member, as layman, of two joint (N. C. and Tenn. Synods) 
committees: To Develop Summer School for Church Workers, 1907; and On Ar- 
langements for N. C. and Tenn. Synods Merger Convention in 1921. Died Sept. 16, 
1932; buried at Cherryville. 

GERBERDING, WILLIAM PASSAVANT, born 
April 4, 1892, at Fargo, N. D. Parents: The Rev. 
J. H. and Annie (Danver) Gerberding. Educated: 
Thiel Coll., A.B. 1915, hon. A.M. 1918, D.D. 1951; 
Chicago Sem., 1918. Children of first marriage: John 
H, Dorothy Grohs, Myrtha Sailand, William Passa- 
vant, Jr., Donna Cheatham. Second marriage to Mil- 
dred Ott, St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 8, 1947. Son: Thomas. 
Ordained 1918 by Pitts. Synod. Churches served: In 
Pa. and Wise, 1918-26; St. Mark, Fargo, N. D., 1926- 
38; Holy Trinity, St. Paul, Minn., 1938-51; in N. C: 
St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1951-1964. Retired 
1964 at Winter Park, Fla. Transferred to Fla. Synod, 
1964. Member, 1940-52, and vice-president, 1946-52, 
ULCA Board of Foreign Missions; also, commissioner 
of the Board of Missions in Liberia, Africa, 1945. Died Aug. 23, 1965 at St. Peters- 
burg, Fla.; buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, St. Petersburg. 

GERHARDT, WILLIAM, born Oct. 28, 1817, at 
Beuern, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. Parents: Baltzer 
and Anna Maria (Henz) Gerhardt. Educated: Gettys- 
burg Coll., A.B. 1841; taught school several years in 
Md. and Ohio; Gettysburg Sem, 1847; N. C. Coll, 
D.D. 1880. Married first Lucinda A. Riley, Fairfield, 
Pa, Nov. 9, 1844. Son: Lewis DeWitt. Second mar- 
riage to Mrs. C. A. Mantz, 1887. Licensed 1847 and 
ordained 1850 by Min. of Pa. Churches served, and 
educational positions hejd:. In Pa, 1847-55; first prin- 
cipal and professor Western Carolina Male Academy 
(name changed to N. C. Coll. in 1859), Mt. Pleasant, 
1855-59; also serving Mt. Carmel, near Mt. Pleasant, 
which later was merged with Lutheran Union Church 
(Tenn. Synod) to form Mt. Gilead Church, Cabarrus 
Co, supply, St. Paul, Iredell Co, 1859. Principal, Franklin Academy, Concord, 1859- 
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principal of schools. President, N. C. Synod, 1856-57. Died Dec. 6, 1917, in 101st 
year of age; buried at Martinsburg, W. Va. 

GIESLER, HENRY D., born Feb. 2, 1833. Ordained deacon by Tenn. Synod, 
Sept. 10, 1859, in Bethlehem Church, Augusta Co., Va., and pastor by Holston 
Synod, Jan. 2, 1861, at its first convention. Died in 1865, presumably, while serving 
as secretary pro tem of Holston Synod. The Rev. J. K. Hancher conducted his fun- 
eral at 1865 synod convention. 

GLASS, JOSEPH DINSON, JR., born Dec. 29, 1935, at Kannapolis. Parents: Jos- 
eph Dinson and Lelia (Shive) Glass. Educated: Duke Univ., A.B. 1957; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Carolyn Wise, Asheville, July 26, 1958. Children: Joseph 
Dinson, III, Sharon Carole, Mark Rembert. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Assistant, Beth Eden, Newton, 1960-61, Graduate study at Yale Univ., 1961- 
64. Instructor, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1964-. 

GOBINS, VITOLDS, born June 9, 1927, in Latvia, Eastern Europe. Parents: An- 
drejs and Emilija (Osins) Gobins. Father was Lutheran, mother Russian Orthodox. 
Educated: High schools in Latvia and Germany; entered Univ. of Erlangen, Ger- 
many, 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953. Came to U. S. A. in late 1940s. Married 
Milena Moll (born in Yugoslavia of Roman Catholic parents), Buffalo, N. Y., June 
12, 1953. Ordained 1953 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Andrew, Andrews, 
1953-60. Transferred to Cent. Pa. Synod, 1960; serving Zion-St. Peter, Trevorton, 
Pa, I960-. 

GOINS, SAMUEL EDWIN, born Aug. 21, 1932, at Vale. Parents: Maurice Henry 
and Mary Vena (Wood) Goins. An older brother is the Rev. Ted W. Goins. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll, A.B. 1954; Chicago Sem, B.D. 1958. Married Barbara Ann 
Lyerly, East Spencer, June 11, 1960. Son: Samuel Edwin, Jr. Ordained 1958 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Matthew, Rowan Co, 1958-61; Good Shepherd, 
Goldsboro, 1961-63; mission developer, later pastor, A Mighty Fortress, Charlotte, 
1963-. 

GOINS, TED WALES, born Dec. 6, 1930, at Vale. Parents: Maurice Henry and 
Mary Vena (Wood) Goins. A younger brother is the Rev. Samuel E. Goins. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll, A.B. 1953; Southern Sem, B.D. 1956. Married Frances Queen 
Summey, Gaston Co, in New York City, Dec. 25, 1952. Children: Mary Vena, Ted 
Wales, Jr., John David. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Sharon, 
Iredell Co, 1956-60; Good Hope, Hickory, 1961-. 



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GOODMAN, DAVID A., born Nov. 8, 1837. Par- 
ents: The Rev. Henry and Esther (Faggart) Goodman. 
Married first Susan Leonard (b. 1837, d. 1880), Dav- 
idson Co. Children: Alpheus, Minnie, Dora. Second 
marriage to Mrs. Martha (Seitz) Yoder, Catawba Co. 
Child: Victor. Licensed 1864 and ordained 1882 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Mt. Pleas- 
ant, Watauga Co., 1881-82, 1887; Philadelphia, Gran- 
ite Falls, 1882-84. United with Missouri Synod, 1907, 
and afterwards preached at Trinity, Glen Alpine, and 
at preaching points at Bridgewater and Drowning 
Creek. Retired at Connelly Springs, and served sev- 
eral churches and preaching points until health failed. 
Died March 15, 1917, buried at St. John Church, 
Catawba Co. 

GOODMAN, GILBERT BROWN, born Jan. 5, 1912, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: 
The Rev. Reuben Alonzo and Nena A. (Troutman) Goodman. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1933; Southern Sem., B.D. 1936. Married Grace Smith, Concord, Nov. 
6, 1937. Children: Clyde Reuben, Mary Lois, Gilbert B., Jr. Ordained 1936 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Calvary, Concord, 1936-45; supply, Cold Water, Cabarrus 
Co., 1940-45; St. Enoch, Kannapolis, 1945-56; Advent, Spindale, 1956-62; developer 
of Mission at Elkin, 1962-. 

GOODMAN, HENRY, born April 9, 1798, in Ca- 
barrus Co. Parents: Michael and Elizabeth Goodman. 
Doubtless was self-educated. Married Esther Faggart, 
July 20, 1819. Children (fourteen, several dying in 
infancy or early childhood): Michael, Salome, Oliver, 
Jacob L., Mary Ann, Betsse, John E., Margaret, 
Easter, Daniel H., the Rev. David A., Catherine, 
Adeline, Robert Luther. Licensed 1831 and ordained 
1832 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Occasional 
supply, St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1831-32; supply, with 
others, Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1832; Becks-Pilgrim, 
Davidson Co., 1832-49; St. Martin, Iredell Co., 1833- 
41, 1871-73; supply, with others, Morning Star, 
Mecklenburg Co., 1833-39; Cobles, Guilford Co.- 
Melanchthon, Randolph Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance 
Co., 1844; Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1849-52, 1870-72; St. James, Catawba Co., 
1851; Zion, Catawba Co., 1852-65; St. Stephen, Hickory, 1864; organized Philadel- 
phia, Granite Falls, 1876; St. Martin, Cabarrus Co. From home near St. Martin, 
Iredell Co., made long itinerating evangelistic journeys in N. C, and adjoining 
states. Of him it was written, as it could have been of many of our pioneer minis- 
ters: "He labored faithfully in defence of the pure Confessions of the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church . . . sacrificing much time as well as other means to forward the 
work". Visited and preached to Confederate Army combat soldiers. Twenty years 
after his death, at family reunion, it was stated that his offspring numbered 216 
to the fourth generation, and two sons and two grandsons were Lutheran ministers. 
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GOODMAN, REUBEN ALONZO, born July 23, 
1881, in Iredell Co. Parents: Joseph A. B. and Mar- 
garet O. (Lipe) Goodman. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1906, D.D. 1928; Southern Sem., 1909. Married 
Nena Avis Troutman, Troutman, Dec. 28, 1910. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. Gilbert Brown, Margaret Jane, Mary 
Helen, Joseph Augustus (died on 17th day after 
birth), Sgt. William Bennet, U.S.A.F. (lost in bomber 
training flight over Gulf of Mexico, April 23, 1944). 
Ordained 1909 by N. C. Synod. Churches served and 
educational positions held: Christ-Calvary, Spencer, 
1909-11; Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1911-21; in- 
structor (Greek, Latin), M.P.C.I., 1911-13; and prin- 
cipal and teacher, Mont Amoena Sem., 1913-21. 
Transferred to S. C. Synod 1921. Professor (Bible, 
Christian Ethics, Greek), Newberry Coll., 1921-57, and secretary of faculty 25 years. 
Supplied many churches, 1921-57, including Redeemer, Newberry, S. C, especially 
four years in World War II in pastor's absence as Army chaplain; named pastor 
emeritus of same in 1952. Contributed articles to The Lutheran Church Visitor, The 
Lutheran, and other periodicals. Wrote chapter "Voigt as Writer" in "A .G. Voigt— 
Moulder of Southern Lutheranism", biography of Dr. A. G. Voigt, long-time head of 
Southern Sem. Listed in "Who's Who in the South and Southwest", (1950). Retired 
1957 at Troutman. Retained clerical membership in S. C. Synod. 

GRAEBER, HENRY, born Jan. 28, 1793, in York Co., Pa. Educated: In private 
schools and by tutors; studied medicine and practiced; later to enter ministry, at 
Gettysburg Sem. Held both M.D. and D.D. degrees. Married Anna Maria Morelock, 
Carroll Co., Md., 1820/21. Children: Alexander Henry, Jeremiah L., Augustus 
Franklin, Jonathan, Louisa Rebecca Harriet, Sarah Arm Elizabeth Belinda, Mary 
Salome Florentina. Licensed 1818 and ordained 1821 by Min. of Pa. Churches 
served: In Md., 1818-27; in N. C: six churches in Lincoln and Catawba Cos., 1827- 
32, so says Bernheim's History, but only Grace, Catawba Co., is listed in 1953 N. C. 
Synod History; Organ, Rowan Co.-St. John, Cabarrus Co., 1832-43, Luthers, Rowan 
Co., 1833-41; Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, 1833-37. President of N. C. Synod, 
five one-year terms, secretary, three one-year terms, 1832-41. Along with pastoral 
ministry, practiced medicine chiefly for benefit of parishioners. From obituary the 
following is quoted: "He was an ardent supporter of Sabbath schools . . . and in no 
churches connected with the Synod of which he was a member, did the cause of 
Sabbath schools flourish as in his. He was ... a firm and decided advocate of 'New 
Measures' . . . and when it became necessary to have recourse to the anxious seat, 
as well as to meetings of 'Enquiry', no minister present took a more active part than 
he." Eight days before death, though not physically able, preached last sermon. His 
family endeavoring to dissuade him, he replied: "Hinder me not. I want to preach 
Christ and him crucified once more before I die." Died Sept. 11, 1843, in 51st year; 
buried at Organ Church, Rowan Co. 

GRAF, RICHARD BYRON, JR., born Sept. 27, 1939, at Charlotte. Parents: Rich- 
ard Byron and Helen (Stilwell) Graf. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1961; 
Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1965. Married Shirley Alien Whitley, Bessemer City, June 
10, 1961. Ordained 1965 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Boone, 1965-. 
As intern, pastor to Lutheran students, Univ. of Miami, Fla., 1963-64. 




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GREEVER, JOHN JACOB, born April 27, 1811, near Burkes Garden, Va. Parents: 
Philip and Mrs. Margaret (Bates) Hayter Greever. A great-uncle of the Rev. Walton 
H. Greever. Educated: Walked from home to Gettysburg Sem., for theological train- 
ing. Married first Margaret Gose Peery, Burkes Garden, Va., April 2, 1840. Children: 
Elizabeth, Ann L., Agnes, the Rev. Joseph Brown, Philip Melanchthon, George, 
Thomas (the last two died in childhood). Second marriage to Catherine Peery, Wythe 
Co., Va. Children: Dr. C. W. and Margaret (twins), John H., James Alexander, Nan- 
nie E., Lettie C, M. Angeline (married the Rev. David S. Fox). Licensed 1840 by 
N. C. Synod; ordained by S. W. Va. Synod at organizing convention, 1842; only 
churches in S. W. Va. were members of the N. C. Synod prior to 1842. Churches 
served: N. C. Synod churches in Va., to 1842; thereafter churches of S. W. Va. 
Synod; periodically held two-week meetings in churches in Bland, Wythe, Smyth, 
and Tazewell Cos., Va. Lived whole life on father's farm and on portion he inher- 
ited, and was pastor of a union congregation, majority of members being Lutherans, 
until later Lutherans built new church. Governor John B. Floyd of Virginia, a 
Roman Catholic, said of him: "He is the Daniel Webster of the pulpit". Died June 
3, 1877; buried at Burkes Garden, Va. 

GRIESON (GREESON), JACOB, born April 24, 1768, in Guilford Co. Given name 
of wife was Barbara. Children: Leah, Elizabeth (married the Rev. Jacob Scherer, the 
second marriage for both). Licensed 1810, but never ordained, by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Chiefly as assistant to the Rev. Jacob Scherer in Guilford, Ala- 
mance, and Randolph Cos.: Lows, 1810-54; Friedens-Richland-St. Paul, 1834-39. 
"He is said to have been a fine conversationalist and well informed upon religious 
and public questions, . . . While a fluent speaker he . . . preached much shorter 
sermons than usual in his time, and it was often said: 'Brother Greeson will continue 
his discussion when he reaches the fireside' . . . His work was of the best, but he 
confined himself to a limited field." Died Aug. 13, 1854; buried at Lows Church, 
Guilford Co. 

GRIFFIN, JOSEPH LEROY, born Oct. 1, 1922, at Rural Hall. Parents: Jesse Lee 
and Ola (Styers) Griffin. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1948; graduate study, Univ. S. C; Newberry Coll., D.D. 1963. Married Rita 
Wallace, Concord, 1944. Children: Joseph Laird, Roy Lea. Ordained 1948 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: St. Andrew, Concord, 1948-50; St. Mark, China Grove, 
1950-53. Transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod, 1953; St. Paul, Savannah, Ga., 1953-65; 
Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1965-. 

GRIMES, ADAM, licensed 1821, but never ordained, by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: In Forsyth Co.: Nazareth, 1832-36, 1837-47 and Shiloh, 1832-36, 1840-47. 
Died 1868, buried in Wilkes Co. 

GRISLIS, EGIL, born Feb. 10, 1928, at Mitau, Latvia. Parents: Robert Kristian 
and Lucia-Maria (Stankewitz-Einfeld) Grislis. Educated: Gymnasium in Latvia and 
Germany; Divin. Sch. of Heidelberg Univ., 1948-49; Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1950; 
Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1953; Yale Univ., Ph.D., 1958. Married E. Lorraine Som- 
mers, Marquette, Mich., June 30, 1956. Children: Karen Ann, Kristin Eva. Ordained 
1957 by N. Y. Synod. Churches served: In N. Y.: Emanuel, Hudson-Emanuel, 
Harlemville, 1957-59. Associate professor of Historical Theology, Duke Univ. Divin- 
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GROSECLOSE, LEVI C, born June 6, 1820, in 
Smyth Co., Va. Parents: John and Mary (Snavely) 
Groseclose. Educated: Wittenberg Coll. Married Bet- 
ty Honey cutt, Rowan Co. Children: John, William, 
Anna. Licensed 1849 and ordained 1850 by S. W. Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Becks-Pilgrim-St. 
Luke, Davidson Co., 1849-54; St. John, Salisbury- 
Union (supplied 1851), Rowan Co., 1857-65; New 
Jerusalem, Davie Co., 1861-63; St. Stephen, Cabar- 
rus Co., 1865-66, also supplying Friedens, Guilford 
Co., and St. Paul, Alamance Co.; St. Matthew, Rowan 
Co., 1866; Luthers, Rowan Co., 1866-67; St. John, 
Cabarrus Co. -organized Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant 
(1868)-New Bethel, Rowan Co., 1867-72. Transferred 
1873 to Sou. 111. Synod. Secretary, two one-year 
terms, N. C. Synod, president one term. Member, Joint Committee to Recommend 
Terms for Union of N. C. and Tenn. Synods, 1870. Died May 2, 1905; buried at 
Eureka, Kan. 

GROSSMAN, MOSES, ordained in 1893 by Susquehanna Synod. Churches served: 
In Lycoming and York Cos., Pa., 1895-99. Transferred 1900 to Tenn. Synod, and 
served Bethel-Trinity, Manassas, Va., 1900-04. Transferred to Allegheny Synod, 
1904, again serving in Pa.; later parish in Indiana of Olive Branch Synod, 1911—. 

GRUBER, HARRY LAWRENCE, born Dec. 25, 1925, at Womelsdorf, Berks Co, 
Pa. Parents: Claude Lewis and Evelyn Mae (Moyer) Gruber. Educated: Albright 
Coll, A.B. 1948; Southern Sem, B.D. 1952. Married Helen Lorena Howe, Newton, 
Aug. 3, 1952. Son: Harry Lawrence, Jr. Ordained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Grace, Catawba Co, 1952-58; Calvary, Spencer, 1958-64; St. Andrew, Con- 
cord, 1964-. 

HAHN, ARTHUR LEROY, born Jan. 5, 1905, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: Richard 
W. and Anna E. (Pickler) Hahn. Educated: M. P.C.I, four years, Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 
A.B. 1926; Southern Sem, B.D. 1929; courses for S.T.M, completed, Philadelphia 
Sem, 1952-55. Married Mary Virginia Richard, daughter of the Rev. Marion G. 
Richard, Collingdale, Pa, Oct. 12, 1929. She taught (Pipe Organ, Piano) at Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll, three years. Children: James Richard, Virginia Estelle, Arthur Leroy, 
Jr. Ordained 1929 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Va. Synod. Churches served: 
None in N. C.; in Va, 1929-46; since 1946 in Pa. 1965: Zion, Zion Hills, Pa. 

HAHN, LESTER CLEMENT, born July 5, 1914, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: Jason 
Farry and Minnie Esther (Hall) Hahn. Educated: Pfeiffer Coll, one year, Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll, A.B. 1937; Southern Sem, B.D. 1940; also, graduate study 1955-58. 
Married Helen Elizabeth Yoder, Catawba Co, May 18, 1940. Children: Lester Clem- 
ent, Jr., Rachael Elizabeth, Gerald Michael, John Allen. Ordained 1940 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In Ga, 1940-43; in 
N. C: Ebenezer, Rowan Co.-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co, 1943-47; Ebenezer only, 
1947-50; Bethphage-Cedar Grove, Lincoln Co, 1950-54; Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 
1954—. Director for N. C. Synod, Christian Higher Education Year campaign for 
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HAHN, SAMUEL WAIGHTSTILL, born May 23, 
1895, at Hickory. Parents: Daniel Efird and Laura 
Susan (Yoder) Hahn. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1915, D.D. 1941; high school teacher, one year; 
Southern Sern., 1919; graduate study, Univ. S. C; 
Union Sem., Columbia Univ., N. Y., 1953. Married 
Doris Becker, Columbia, S. C, Oct. 29, 1919. Chil- 
dren: Samuel Wilfred, Marjorie Eleanor, Dorothy 
Augusta, M.D. Ordained 1919 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
Churches served: In Va., Burkes Garden, 1919-22; 
in S. C, Grace, Prosperity, 1922-25; in N. C.: Augs- 
burg, Winston-Salem, 1925-42; St. James, Concord, 
1942-50. Professor, Southern Sem., 1950-62. Retired 
1962 at Leesville, S. C. Member, Board of Luther- 
idge, 1946-50. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1963. 

HAIGLER, JESSE BOWMAN, born Dec. 5, 1863, near Cameron, S. C. Parents: 
Jesse Newel and Frances Caroline Haigler. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1889; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1892. Married Emma Havird, Newberry, S. C, Jan. 3, 1894. 
Children: Oliver Newel, Helen. Ordained 1892 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In 
Pa., Nova Scotia, S. C, Ga., and Va., 1892-1919; in N. C: Union, Rowan Co., 1919- 
22. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1922. Retired 1930 at Newberry, S. C. Died July 
14, 1932; buried at Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S. C. 

HAITHCOX, HENRY CLAY, born Feb. 17, 1843, in Iredell Co. Parents: James 
Allen and Mary (Lentz) Haithcox. Educated: Missionary Inst., Susquehanna, Pa., 
one year; Susquehanna Univ., A.B. 1869, D.D. 1894; Susquehanna Sem., 1872. 
Married first Martha Ann Hoover, Iredell Co., May 18, 1862. She died Jan. 13, 1914, 
seventeen mos. after celebrating 50th wedding anniversary. Children: Eva and Eta 
(twins), Lulu, Henry James, William Hayes, Mae Belle, Martha Anna, Sophronia. 
Second marriage to Mrs. Margaret (Miller) Lied, Freeport, 111., July 11, 1917. Or- 
dained 1872 by Susque. Synod. Churches served: Presumably in Pa., and Ohio, 
1872-1890. Transferred to N. C. Synod 1890 from E. Ohio Synod. Served Salem- 
St. Luke, Rowan Co., 1890. Transferred to N. 111. Synod, 1890. Other churches 
served: In Pa., 111., Ohio, Kan., Ind., and W. Va. Retired 1923 at Lanark, 111. Con- 
tributed to the Augsburg Teacher, The Lutheran Quarterly, and other periodicals. 
Died Feb. 2, 1926; buried at Freeport, 111. 

HALL, BRYANT C, licensed 1855 and ordained 1858 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: In Rowan Co.: Lutheran Chapel, 1855-57, St. Paul, 1855-59, and Union, 
1856; supplied Salem, Lincoln Co., 1859; Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co., 1859-64; 
Richland, Randolph Co., 1864. Died 1864; buried at Lows Church, Guilford Co. 




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HALL, JOHN, born April 21, 1878, at Chillicothe, 
Ohio. Parents: Elias and Elizabeth (Downey) Hall. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1900, D.D. 1938; 
Southern Sem., 1903, B.D. 1927; graduate study, 
Univ. of Pa., and Philadelphia Sem. Married Lela 
Fisher Yoder, daughter of the Rev. R. A. Yoder, Ca- 
tawba Co., June 4, 1901. Children: Lela Elizabeth, 
John Robert, Margaret Ellen, Charles Noah, the Rev. 
William Edward. Ordained 1901 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: Watauga Parish, 5 churches, in- 
cluding Holy Communion, Mt. Pleasant, and Mt. 
Zion, 1901-05; Holy Trinity, Gastonia-Grace, Bes- 
semer City, 1905-12; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 
1910-12. Field secretary, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1912- 
13. Transferred 1913 to Ga. Synod; Holy Trinity, 
St. Petersburg, Fla., 1913-17. U. S. Army chaplain, 1917 to retirement in 1940. 
Transferred to N. C. Synod from Ga.-Ala. Synod, 1941. Supplied various churches 
for periods up to one year; supplied in Ga., 1956-61. Initiated summer training of 
church workers in Tenn. Synod, jointly with N. C. Synod, 1907. Joint Editor, "The 
History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina, 1803-1953", and writer of section 
"Educational Developments". Contributed to church periodicals. Makes home with 
his minister son, now at Lexington. 




HALL, WILLIAM EDWARD, born Feb. 25, 1922, at Koblenz, Germany, while 
father was on U. S. Army chaplain's duty there. Parents: The Rev. John and Lela 
Fisher (Yoder) Hall. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1944; Philadelphia Sem., 
B.D. 1949. Married Mary Beth Kuhn, Hickory, Dec. 31, 1946. Children: John Frank- 
lin, Robert Edward, Rebecca Ann, Martha Elizabeth. Ordained 1949 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Andrew, Andrews, 1949-52. Chaplain, Fort Bragg, 406th Engr. 
Brigade, 1952-53. U. S. Army 17th Inf. Reg., in Korea (combat service), 1953-54; 
received two Bronze Star combat medals. Organ, Rowan Co., 1954-63; Our Saviour, 
Jacksonville, 1964-65; Holly Grove, Davidson Co., 1965-. 



HALLMAN, SAMUEL THOMAS, born Sept. 3, 
1844, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: David and 
Annis (Kirton) Hallman. Educated: Newberry Coll., 
until it closed in 1861; enlisted in Confederate States 
Army, serving three years; Southern Sem., 1868; 
Newberry Coll., hon. M.A. and D.D. Married first 
Sarah Jane Wingard, after return from war. She 
died in Concord in 1882 and is buried there. Son: 
Milledge Solomon. Second marriage to Lillian Luetta 
Brown, niece of the Rev. S. Rothrock, Concord, July 
18, 1883. Children: Lillie Belle, Elmer Berly, Jenny 
Louise, Charlie Raymond, Samuel Schaeffer, Ruth 
Aurelia, Kate Amelia, Nelly Brown. Licensed 1868 
and ordained 1869 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: 
In S. C, 1868-80; in N. C : St. James-Cold Water- 




Mt. Hermon, Concord, 1880-83. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1883; churches served 
in S. C, to 1927. President, N. C. Synod, 1882-83. Member, Board of N. C. Coll. 
President three years, secretary eight years, S. C. Synod. Secretary, United Synod 



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South, 20 years. Member, Board of Newberry Coll., 43 years, 10 years as secretary. 
Editor of the following: The Lutheran Visitor, 1895-1904; The Southern Lutheran 
(later called Tidings), 1894-1904; and "History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod 
of South Carolina, 1824-1924". An avocation was the making and repairing of 
violins. Died March 8, 1927; buried at Spartanburg, S. C. 

HALTIWANGER, WILLIAM DARR, born Aug. 3, 
1889, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: Andrew William and 
Elizabeth Caroline (Hiller) Haltiwanger. Educated: 
Newberry Coll., A.B. 1909; Southern Sem., 1912, 
B.D. 1927. Married Bessie Lee Herman, Newton, 
April 24, 1921. No children. Ordained 1912 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: Sharon-Mt. Hermon-St. 
Martin, Iredell Co., 1912-17; Zion-New Jerusalem- 
Bethlehem, Catawba Co., 1917-25. Transferred 1925 
to S. C. Synod, and served churches until death. Died 
March 20, 1957; buried at Mt. Horeb Church, 
Chapin, S. C. 



HAMM, LUTHER BOYD, born March 24, 1900, 
in Newberry Co., S. C. Parents: Drayton Luther and 
Nancy (Long) Hamm. Educated: Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1925, D.D. 1950; Southern Sem, B.D. 1928; 
graduate study, Chicago Sem, 1944. Married Mildred 
Wheeler, Macon, Ga, Oct. 12, 1931. Children: Ruth 
Oneita, Nancy Patricia, Sarah Virginia, Carol Boyd. 
Ordained 1928 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: 
In Ga, Redeemer, Macon, 1928-35; in N. C: St. 
Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 1935-40; Mace- 
donia, Burlington, 1940-46. Transferred 1946 to 
S. C. Synod; St. Paul, Columbia, 1946-51; in Hagers- 
town, Md, St. John, 1951-57; again in S. C: Witten- 
berg, Leesville, 1958-65. Secretary Ga.-Ala. Synod 
1929-35. Member Boards of Newberry Coll, Lowman 
Home, and Southern Sem. Member ULCA Board of Parish Education. Assist, pastor, 
Bethany, Hickory, 1965-66; assist, pastor, Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1966-. 

HANBERRY, DONALD EDWIN, born July 28, 1933, at Clyo, Effingham Co, 
Ga. Parents: Henry Theodore and Lottie Belle (Porterfield) Hanberry. Educated: 
Reinhardt Jr. Coll, Waleka, Ga, two years, Newberry Coll, B.S. 1954; Southern 
Sem, B.D. 1958, also graduate study. Married Janet Arnsdorff, Springfield, Ga, 
June 4, 1955. Children: Candace Regena, Andrew Donald, Randall Theodore. Or- 
dained 1958 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: Garden City, Ga, 1958-61; in 
N. C: Trinity, Landis, 1961-. 

HANCHER, JAMES KNICELEY, born in Sullivan Co, Tenn. Father was the Rev. 
William Hancher. Thrice married: First wife's name not known. Second marriage 
to Sarah Bushong. Children: William, Belle, Ida N. B. (mother of Miss Martha 
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Joseph. Third marriage to Martha Rankin. Son: The Rev. A. D. R. Hancher. Or- 
dained deacon 1845 and pastor 1847 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Presumably 
in East Tennessee. President, Tenn. Synod, 1856-57. One of organizers of Holston 
Synod, 1861, and first president. At 34th convention (1895) he was presented citation 
"as a token of affection and esteem". Died Aug. 28, 1897; buried at Mosheim, Tenn. 

HANCHER, WILLIAM, born Sept. 7, 1788, in Frederick Co., Va., and moved in 
1812 to Sullivan Co., Tenn. Several years later by profession of faith became Luth- 
eran. One son is known, the Rev. James Kniceley, two of whose sons were the Revs. 
G. B. and A. D. R., and a daughter Ida was the mother of Miss Martha Akard, 
pioneer and long-time Lutheran missionary in Japan. Ordained deacon 1835 and 
pastor 1836 (at age of 48) by Tenn. Synod. First ordained minister of Tenn. Synod 
to preach exclusively in English, thus saving many young people for the Lutheran 
church. Churches served were in East Tenn. It is said of him: "He was limited in 
education, but was a good pastor and preacher, and sound in doctrine". One of ten 
Tenn. Synod ministers organizing Holston Synod Jan. 2, 1861. Died Sept. 5, 1870, 
two days before becoming 82; buried in Sullivan Co., Tenn. 

HARBINSON, CLINE WHITENER, born Sept. 9, 1912, at Maiden. Parents: G. 
Lee and Nancy (Cline) Harbinson. A younger brother is the Rev. James A. Harbinson. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1937; Southern Sem., B.D. 1940. Married Made- 
leen Campbell, Taylorsville, Dec. 27, 1940. Children: Jane Campbell, Philip Carroll, 
John Mark, Joel Cline. Ordained 1940 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Friendship- 
St. John-Shiloh, Alexander Co., 1940-43; St. Stephen, Hickory, 1943-47; Shiloh, 
Alexander Co.-St. Luke, Catawba Co., 1947-57; Shiloh only 1957-64. Officer of 
West Conf., 1945-57, 7 years as secretary, 2 as vice-president, and 3 as president. 

HARBINSON, JAMES ALEXANDER, born Sept. 21, 1934, at Maiden. Parents: 
G. Lee and Nancy (Cline) Harbinson. An older brother is the Rev. Cline W. Har- 
binson. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Mar- 
ried Geraldine Ramseur, Maiden, sister of the Rev. Fred M. Ramseur, Jr., June 14, 
1959. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Communion, Dallas, 
1959-. 

HARPER, WILLIAM EDWARD, JR., born Sept. 12, 1938, at Rocky Mount, Nash 
Co. Parents: William Edward and Inez White (Foy) Harper. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1961; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Ruby Faye Goff, Rocky Mount, 
July 22, 1962. Son: Tracy Lynn. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Christ, East Spencer, 1964-. 

HARR, FRANCIS MARION, born Feb. 21, 1857, in Sullivan Co., Tenn. Married 
Catherine Wolford, Blountville, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1885. Children: Claude F., Clarence 
E., Ruth Agnes. Licensed 1881 and ordained 1891 by Holston Synod. Churches 
served: In Greene Co., Tenn., to 1903; in N. C, 1903-09: St. Matthew-St. Peter, 
Rowan Co.; Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville; others in Tenn. and Va. Died Feb. 17, 
1942; buried at Immanuel Church near Blountville, Tenn. 

HARR, JOSEPH, ordained deacon 1821 by Tenn. Synod at its second convention, 
in Zion Church, Sullivan Co., Tenn. Ministry was short, as he died in 1823. In a 
report at the 4th convention (1823) is the following notation: "Joseph Harr departed 
this life since the last meeting. We have been unable to find any obituary notice 
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HARRY, J. H., born in Ohio. Ordained July 26, 1874, in St. James, Concord, by 
N. C. Synod, and served St. James, 1874-75. He returned then to his native state 
because of illness. 



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HARTER, WILLIAM GEORGE, born Sept. 25, 
1811, in Barnwell Dist., S. C. Parents: George and 
Margaret (Platts) Harter. Educated: Classical and 
Theological Inst. (Southern Sem.), Lexington C. H., 
S. C, 1837. Married first Margaret Virginia Nuttall, 
Richmond, Va., at Salisbury, Dec. 30, 1846. Chil- 
dren: Laura Louisa Euphrasine, William Olinthus 
Fontaine, Edwin Hazelius Nuttall (died in infancy), 
Marie Susan Virginia, and infant daughter (died 33 
days after birth). Second marriage to Charlotte E. 
Hine, Silver Run, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1858. Children 
George Elwyn, Margaret Estilla, Carrie Lamenta 
Licensed 1837 and ordained 1838 by S. C. Synod 
Churches served: In S. C., 1836-41; in N. C, 1841-56 
in Cabarrus Co.— Cold Water, organized St. James 
Concord, 1843, and served to 1854, and Mt. Carmel; in Rowan Co.— St. Enoch 
Union, and Luthers; in Stanly Co.— New Bethel; in Iredell Co., supplied St. Paul 
also served churches in Ky., 1857-64. Travelled for the home mission cause in Pa. 
Md., Va., Ky., Tenn., and N. C. Secretary, 5 one-year terms, and president, 1850-51 
N. C. Synod. On synod committee, 1844, to visit destitute people in Lincoln and 
Catawba Cos. Fraternal delegate, 1844, to S. W. Va. and S. C. Synods. Author of 
"The Abrahamic Covenant, A Treatise on Infant Baptism". Died July 31, 1864; 
buried at Hopeful Church, Florence, Ky. 




HARTWIG, GEORGE H., born in 1879 at Canajoharie, N. Y. Educated: Wagner 
Coll., A.B. 1898; Leland Stanford Jr., Univ. A.B.; Philadelphia Sem., 1901; graduate 
study at Cornell, Harvard, and Chicago Univs. Married Margaret Valborg. Children: 
Katherine, Dorothy, Robert. Ordained 1901 by N. Y. Synod. Churches served: In 
N. Y. and Nova Scotia, 1901-08. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1909. Professor and 
head of English Dept., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1908-16. Transferred to Pacific Synod, 
1917. Later taught at St. Olaf, Wittenberg, Dana, and Midland Colls. Died July 31, 
1956; funeral, Lake of the Isles Church, Minneapolis, Minn. 



HAUER, D. J., licensed 1826 and ordained 1828 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
As assistant to the Rev. Jacob Scherer at Lows, Guilford Co., 1827-28; Friedens, 
Guilford Co.-Richland, Randolph Co.-St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1828-29. Transferred 
to Md. and Va. Synod 1829. Received D.D. degree. Died 1901; buried at Hanover, 
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HAUSENFLUCK, JOHN WILLIAM, born Feb. 
14, 1848, in Shenandoah Co., Va. Father was Simon 
Hausenfluck. Educated: Polytechnic Inst., New Mar- 
ket, Va.; in theology under Dr. Socrates Henkel. 
Married Mary Catherine Lohr, Shenandoah Co., Va., 
March 27, 1877. Children: Luther A., Mary Virginia 
(Mrs. P. Roudabush, Wilmington, N. C), Carrie L., 
William A., Solon A. Licensed and ordained 1877 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In East Tenn., 
except one in W. Va., though he resided in Va., 
1877-1917. Retired 1917 on account of failing health. 
Died Sept. 26, 1922; buried at Washington, D. C. 
"A much liked man of God." 

HAWKINS, ELIJAH, born in Newberry Dist., S. C. Educated: Classical and Theo- 
logical Inst., Lexington, S. C, (later Newberry Coll. and Southern Sem.), member 
of first seminary class, 1836. Licensed 1836 by S. C. Synod. Transferred to N. C. 
Synod, 1837, and ordained 1838. Churches served: N. C. Synod in Smyth Co., Va., 
1837-42. One of organizers of S. W. Va. Synod, 1842. Served churches of that synod, 
1842-68. President, S. W. Va. Synod, four terms, 1845-59. Fraternal delegate to 
N. C. Synod, 1850 and 1858. Delegate to General Synod convention, 1850 and 1856. 
Pastor at Rural Retreat, Va., 1855-68. Died March 5, 1868. 

HAWN, JOHN MARTIN, born March 14, 1937, in Lincoln Co. Parents: John 
Victor and Annie Lee (Finger) Hawn. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Leta Lynn Kendall, Charlotte, June 25, 1961. 
Son: Mark Kendall. Ordained 1963 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Hen- 
dersonville, 1963-. 

HAWTHORNE, HARRY DAVID, born Dec. 29, 1918, in Lancaster, Pa. Edu- 
cated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1941, D.D. 1964; Southern Sem., B.D. 1943; grad- 
uate study, Chicago Sem.; S.T.M. resident work completed, 1953, Graduate Sch. of 
Theol., Univ. of the South. Married Alice Josephine Whitener, Hickory, Aug. 1, 
1943. Children: Harry David, Jr., Susan Leigh. Ordained 1943 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1943-44; Beth Eden, Newton, 
1945-49; Emmanuel, High Point, 1949-63. Transferred to N. Y. Synod, 1964; First 
English, Lockport, N. Y., 1964-. Instructor in Bible, Monroe High School. Nat. 
Luth. Coun. service pastor, Camp Sutton, 1943-44, holding services also for German 
prisoners of war. Pastor to Lutheran students, High Point Coll., 1949-63. Member, 
Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1956-63. In High Point: Member, Boards of School 
for Exceptional Children, United Fund, and Family Service Bureau; also adviser to 
Society for Crippled Children and Adults, and Guilford Co. Domestic Relations 
Court. Dean, Northern Dist., 1962-63. 

HEDRICK, J. M., transferred 1878 to Va. Synod from Susque. Synod, and served 
churches in Va., 1877-84. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1884. Churches served, 1884- 
87: Christiana and Union, Rowan Co.; Reformation, Davie Co.; Pilgrim-St. Luke, 
Davidson Co. Transferred to S. W. Va. Synod, 1887, and again to N. C. Synod, 1889. 
Served Mt. Hermon-Cold Water-Prosperity, Cabarrus Co., 1888-93. Died Feb. 17, 
1895; buried at Charlottesville, Va. 




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HEGLAR, DEWEY LEE, born Feb. 2, 1902, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Victor C. 
and Julia (Cohen) Heglar. Educated: M. P. C. I., 1924, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1926; Southern Sem., B.D. 1929. Married Elsie Louise Counts, Haralson, Ga., daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Henry P. Counts, Oct. 16, 1932. Son: Dewey Lee, Jr. Ordained 1929 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; in Ga., S. C, Va., and since 1960, 
Trinity, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

HEILIG, JOHN SAMUEL, born Jan. 8, 1820, in Rowan Co. Father was John 
Heilig. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1848; Southern Sem., 1851. Licensed 1851 
and ordained 1854 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Enoch, 1852-66, and Salem, 
1853-58, Rowan Co.; organized Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1857-66; St. Paul, Iredell 
Co., 1865. Transferred to Md. Synod, 1866. Had parishes in W. Va. and Ky. Came 
back to N. C, and served Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1884. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 
1859-60, 1879-80. Died Aug. 12, 1885; buried at Concord. 

HELLAND, C. K., transferred 1908 to N. C. Synod from Norweg. Synod, and 
served St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 1908-09. In 1909 transferred back to Norweg. 
Synod. In 1921 was serving in Tomahawk, Wise, and 1929-30 in Chicago, 111. 

HELMS, R. A., ordained 1896 by Va. Synod, and transferred 1900 to N. C. Synod. 
Churches served, 1899-1900: St. Michael, Troutman, and Providence, Rowan Co.; 
St. Matthew, Davie Co., and St. Paul, Iredell Co. Transferred to N. W. Synod, 
1903, serving churches in Minn., and from 1912 churches of N. 111. Synod. 



THE HENKEL FAMILY 

The Henkel family line, which includes so many prominent Lutheran 
ministers, can be traced back to Reformation times. Count Conrad Hen- 
kel von Donnersmarck was a contemporary of the sixteenth century 
reformers. 1 Another Count Henkel, represented as a nobleman of deep 
religious feeling, was a supporter of Muhlenberg in his work at the Goet- 
tingen Orphan House. 2 The first Henkel known to have come to America 
was a pastor, often called "The Pioneer", who arrived in 1717. For more 
than a century, through some unexplained confusion, "The Pioneer" 
was supposed to have been named Gerhart. According to the History 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by Jacobs, one Gerhart 
Henkel served as pastor of the church at Falkner's Swamp, Pa., prior to 
1726. He also preached at St. Michael's Church, Germantown, and prob- 
ably in Madison Co., Va., before 1720. 3 However, more recent discoveries 
indicate that "The Pioneer" was really Anthony Jacob Henkel rather than 
Gerhart. The last will and testament of Anthony Jacob Henkel, found 

1. The Henkel Memorial (1717-1913) Second Series, Number One, p. 172. 

2. Ev. Lutheran Church in America, p. 211. 

3. Ev. Lutheran Church in America, p. 187-188. See also History of Lutheran Church in 
Virginia and East Tennessee, page 37, where reference is made to same man as Anthony Jacob 

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some fifty years ago, names Gerhart Anthony as "my oldest son"; and 
other mortuary records support this assumption. 4 

Another son of Anthony Jacob Henkel was John Justus. He and his 
wife Christine and their family moved to Rowan Co., N. C, at an early 
date. In 1760, he left North Carolina and, after several removals, finally 
located in Pendelton Co., Va., where he died in 1794. His son Jacob had 
five sons who became Lutheran ministers: John, Joseph, Benjamin, Isaac 
and Paul. Only Paul, the progenitor of a long line of distinguished Luth- 
eran churchmen, was connected with the work of the North Carolina 
and Tennessee Synods; and sketches of Henkels found in this volume 
are limited to his descendants. This group is recognized as having ren- 
dered an invaluable service to the Lutheran Church in this country 
through undeviating support of the historic Lutheran Confessions. 

HENKEL, AMBROSE, third son of the Rev. Paul 
and Elizabeth (Negeley) Henkel, born July 11, 1786, 
near Solomon's Church, eight miles N. W. of New 
Market, Va. Married Catharine Hoke, Lincoln Co. 
One child, Noah Isaiah. Second marriage to Mary 
Kite, Page Co., Va. Children: Mary Catharine, Ari- 
anna Elizabeth, Eleanora Caroline, Paul Philip. Third 
marriage to Veronica Hoyle (Heyle), Lincoln Co., 
apparently sister of his brother David's wife Catha- 
rine. Children: Gerhart Ambrose, Hieronymus. Li- 
censed 1823 and ordained 1824 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served, all in Va.: Trinity (Koiners), 1823- 
25; Emmanuel, New Market, 1825-38; St. Mary's, 
near Mt. Jackson, 1825-55; Raders, Timberville, 
1829-37; and Zion, near Edinburg, 1854-. Learned 
printer's trade at Hagerstown, Md., having walked there from home in Va., 1802; 
established first Lutheran printing shop in America at New Market, Va., 1806. Pub- 
lished a German language paper, "The Virginia and New Market Popular Instructor 
and Weekly News," 1807-09. Edited a New Market newspaper for 62 years, and 
was referred to as "perhaps the oldest practical printer in Virginia." Sold printing 
shop to older brother Solomon, a physician, who thus became a publisher also. The 
Henkel Press was long an outstanding force in the development of the Lutheran 
Church in worship, confessional strength, education, and practices throughout the 
South. Literary contributions: Prepared and published "Church Hymn Book" (1838); 
was chm. of comm. of Tenn. Synod to prepare "Book of Forms" (liturgy and orders), 
published in 1843; aided in translating into English Lutheran symbols, and publish- 
ing "The Christian Book of Concord" (1851); translated into English and published 
serially Vol. 1 Luther's "Church Postil" (Epistles), 1857-58. Of him it was written: 
"He was a scholar, theologian, translator, editor, and printer, as well as a preach- 
er .... as a writer and translator he was noted for his precision and accuracy of 
style; he was a profound thinker, an earnest student, and a forcible speaker." Secre- 
tary Tenn. Synod, 1829, 31, 33; president, 1853. Died Jan. 6, 1870, at New Market, 
Va., in 84th year; buried at Emmanuel Church in New Market. 




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HENKEL, ANDREW, fourth son of the Rev. Paul and Elizabeth (Negeley) 
Henkel, born Oct. 21, 1790, at New Market, Va. Married first Margaret Trout in 
1815. Second marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Swartzell. Ten children: Hiram, Philip, 
Julia, Paul, Margaret, Vandalena, Sabina, George, William, Edward. Licensed 1811 
by Min. of Pa., and transferred 1814 to N. C. Synod. No record of any churches 
served in N. C. But from The Henkel Memorial (1717-1911) First Series, Number 
Three, page 88, we see that "in 1826 he accepted a call to the Lutheran Church at 
Germantown, Ohio, where he passed a long and eminently successful pastorate which 
was only broken by a brief stay at Goshen, Ind., and Lewisburg, Ohio. . . . Like 
his brothers he possessed a literary turn of mind, and wrote both English and Ger- 
man productions for publication, evidencing great versatility and vigorous mind." 
Died April 23, 1870, about 3 mos. after older brother Ambrose; buried at German- 
town, Ohio. 

HENKEL, CHARLES, sixth son of the Rev. Paul and Elizabeth (Negeley) Henkel, 
and youngest of the five minister sons, born May 18, 1798, in New Market, Va. 
Married Mary C. Siegrist, Madison Co., Va. Children: The Rev. David Melanchthon, 
Mary Elizabeth, and Charles Ambrose (died young). Second marriage to Mary 
Warner, Columbus, Ohio. No churches served in N. C, but in Ohio as stated in 
The Henkel Memorial (1717-1911) First Series, Number Three, p. 89: "As a young 
man he migrated to Ohio, entered the Lutheran ministry and rose to prominence, 
serving as president of his synod. Like his kindred he was also the founder of num- 
erous churches. He was also a fine scholar and translated the Augsburg Confession 
(1831) which was afterwards published by the order of the Tenn. Synod." Died 
Feb. 2, 1841, in Perry Co., Ohio, in his 43rd year. 

HENKEL, DAVID, fifth son of the Rev. Paul and 
Elizabeth (Negeley) Henkel, born May 4, 1795, in 
Augusta Co., Va. "Well educated, mostly in private 
study in German, English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, 
and Theology"; and well instructed in Lutheran con- 
fessions and practices. Married Catharine Hoyle 
(Heyle), Lincoln Co., a sister of Veronica Hoyle, his 
brother Ambrose's third wife. Children: Susan, Eliza- 
beth, Leah, the Rev. Polycarp Cyprian, Cicero, Flora, 
Eleanora, the Rev. Socrates. Two grandsons were 
the Revs. Augustus R. Bennick (Methodist) and John 
S. Bennick (Lutheran). Licensed 1813 at the age of 
18, and ordained 1819 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Peter-Bethel, near Chapin, S. C, 1812- 
13; in N. C: in Lincoln Co.: Daniels, 1814-25; and 
St. Luke-organized Trinity, Vale, 1821-30; in Gaston Co.: St. Mark, 1814-30; Bethel- 
Philadelphia, 1821-30; and White Haven (a group from original White Haven orga- 
nizing separately about a mile away under Henkel and served by him), 1814-31; 
Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1815-18, 1830; St. Paul, Startown, 1820-31; supply 
St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1821; occasional supply, St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1820-28; 
organized Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1823-24. Not present for organization of Tenn. 
Synod in 1820, but having agreed to it, was recognized as a charter member; served 
as secretary 1824, 26, 27. Literary contributions: Drafted constitution of Tenn. 
Synod; translated into English Luther's Small Catechism, with an appendix, "An 
Essay on Regeneration"; also wrote "A Treatise on the Person and Incarnation of 
Jesus Christ, in Which Unitarian Arguments are Examined and Answered"; and a 




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number of other treatises on doctrinal subjects. It was said of him: "He had a clear, 
active, and penetrating mind, . . . and unbounded energy." Died June 15, 1831, 
aged 36, after ministry of 18 years; buried at St. John Church, Catawba Co. 

HENKEL, DAVID MELANCHTHON, son of the Rev. Charles and Mary C. (Sie- 
grist) Henkel, and grandson of the Rev. Paul Henkel. Married Heleah Anna Maria 
Henkel, youngest child of his uncle Solomon Henkel, Sept. 11, 1849. Children: Six, 
of whom Leah Ellen, the third child, married the Rev. A. L. Yount, D.D. Ordained 
deacon 1848 and pastor 1849, on day of marriage, by Term. Synod. Transferred 1855 
to Va. Synod. Transferred back to N. C. Synod 1873. Churches served: St. John, 
Cabarrus Co.-Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1872-75. Transferred to Indiana Synod 
1876. Received a D.D. degree. Died at Catawissa, Pa., Nov. 8, 1904, in 86th year, 
30 years after his wife's death. 

HENKEL, DAVID SOCRATES, son of the Rev. Polycarp C. and Rebecca (Fox) 
Henkel, and great-grandson of the Rev. Paul Henkel; born in N. C. Aug. 24, 1846. 
Married first Rebecca Henkel, daughter of Solomon D. Henkel, 1871. Children: 
Sallie, Alice, Beatrice, Tilden, Clinton (died young), Roscoe (died young), Herbert, 
George, Charles, Laura. Second marriage to Elizabeth Vaughan a few years before 
his death. One son. Licensed 1863 by Tenn. Synod, but not ordained. Churches 
served: St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1865-67; Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1867-69. Treas. 
Tenn. Synod, 1867. After pastorate at Mt. Moriah, went to New Market, Va., and 
read law with Judge George R. Calvert and practiced law for about 20 years, serv- 
ing at times in the Va. Legislature. Left the Lutheran Church and became affiliated 
with the Disciples of Christ. Organized and served congregations in that church in 
Va., at Waynesboro, Basic City, Harrisonburg, Newport News, and Chatham from 
1892 until his death at Chatham, Feb. 7, 1914; buried at Emmanuel Church, New 
Market, Va. 

HENKEL, EUSEBIUS, son of the Rev. Philip and Catherine (Rupert) Henkel, 
and grandson of the Rev. Paul Henkel, was ordained deacon by Tenn. Synod in 1833. 
As Tenn. Synod missionary labored in Ind., 1833-35. With the Rev. Christian Moretz 
(Tenn. Synod) and the Rev. John Ludwig Markert (N. C. Synod), also laboring in 
Ind., assisted in organizing Ind. Synod in 1835. Markert was chosen first president 
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HENKEL, PAUL, born Dec. 15, 1754, 
on Dutchman's Creek, 16 miles from Salis- 
bury, in Rowan Co. (now a part of Davie 
Co.), was the first Lutheran pastor born in 
N. C. Parents: Jacob and Mary Barbara 
(Teeter) Henkel. Married Elizabeth Negeley 
(sometimes spelled Negly, Nagly), Nov. 20, 
1776. Children: Six sons and three daugh- 
ters—Solomon (a physician), and five minis- 
ter sons, Philip, Ambrose, Andrew, David 
and Charles; daughters were Hanna (mar- 
ried the Rev. John N. Stirewalt), Naomi, 
and Sabina. While preparing to become a 
minister and in his early ministry supported 
his family by working at the cooper's trade. 
In 1776 he began his study in theology and 
the classics under the guidance and spon- 
sorship of the Rev. John Andrew Kmgh, 
Fredericktown, Md. Licensed by the Min- 
isterium of Pa. in June 1783, with renewal 
annually until ordination by the same synod 
on June 6, 1792. Served churches in Va., 



and perhaps in other states, from his home in New Market, Va., until 1806 when 
he was appointed "travelling preacher," and was allowed $40 a month for the time 
he was actually engaged in his work. The next year (1807) he reported that he 
travelled 128 days in the service of the Synod and baptized 158 children and re- 
ceived $106.05 on this journey. In 1808 he was appointed missionary for Virginia, 
North Carolina and Tennessee, and from records it appears that he was re-appointed 
annually with his field widened to "territory of his own selection". It seems reason- 
able to assume that during the years he was travelling preacher he would have lived 
in N. C. from 1800 to 1805 while serving the following churches in this state: 
Dutchman's Creek Church (later called New Jerusalem, then Reformation from 1870 
to disbanding in 1925), Davie Co., 1800-05; Becks-Bethany-Pilgrim, St. Luke, Dav- 
idson Co.-Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1800-05; also, in same area occasional sup- 
ply with other Tenn. Synod pastors. Assistant to Johann Gottfried Arends (Arndt), 
Emmanuel, Lincolnton-Zion, Catawba Co., 1803; and supply, St. Mark, Gaston Co., 
1803-. Because of malarial climate moved back to New Market, Va., 1805. Made 
repeated missionary tours in N. C, S. C, Va., Tenn., Ohio, Ky., and Ind. "No more 
active, indefatigable and self-denying missionary than the Rev. Paul Henkel ever 
labored in this country" (p. 308, The Lutherans in America by Edmund Jacob Wolf, 
D.D.). One of four pastors with 14 laymen, organizing the N. C. Synod in 1803. 
Assisted in organizing Ohio Synod in 1818, but not becoming a member. Also an 
organizer of Tenn. Synod, with six other N. C. Synod pastors, including sons Philip 
and David. Wrote and published the following: A work on Baptism and the Lord's 
Supper in German (1809), later translated into English; a German hymnbook with 
246 hymns (1810), with some hymns (perhaps in both books) written by himself. 
Also German and English catechisms based on Luther's Small Catechism. Preached 
in both German and English. One of the stalwart fathers of the Lutheran Church 
in N. C. and in other states as well, particularly in Va. and Ohio. To him and his 
family the church owes a great debt of gratitude. The records of the Min. of Pa. 
show that he attended its convention at Lancaster, Pa., in 1820 for the last time. 
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HENKEL, PHILIP L., second son of the Rev. Paul and Elizabeth (Negeley) 
Henkel; born Sept. 23, 1779, in Pendleton Co., Va. Married Catharine Rupert. Three 
sons are known, Rev. Eusebius, Rev. Irenaeus, and Ambrose Dedric; but records 
state that at his death he was survived by his wife and seven children. Licensed 1800 
by Min. of Pa., and ordained 1805 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Friedens-Lows, 
Guilford Co. -St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1800-05; as assistant to the aging Johann Gott- 
fried Arends (Arndt) Emmanuel, Lincolnton-Daniels, Lincoln Co.-Grace-St. Paul, 
Catawba Co., 1805-07, and as pastor, 1808-14; also as Arends' assistant, Zion, 
Catawba Co., 1805-07, and as pastor, 1807-12; Bethel-Philadelphia, Gaston Co.- 
St. Luke, Lincoln Co., 1808-14; also St. John, Catawba Co. In late years of ministry 
apparently did mostly supply work, 1825-33, at Cobles, Guilford Co.; Mt. Pleasant, 
Alamance Co.; Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., with other pastors, 1825, 1831-32, alone 
1833; and Trinity, Vale. Pastor in Tenn. and did missionary work in other states, 
particularly in Ind., where he organized five churches in the period from 1814-25. 
Secretary 1811, and president 1815, N. C. Synod. With other pastors, including his 
father and brother David, was an organizer of Tenn. Synod, 1820, in Solomons 
Church, Greene Co., Tenn., of which he was pastor at the time; secretary 1830, and 
was elected president one month before death. Died Oct. 9, 1833, aged 54, after 
short illness, while on pastoral tour to churches in Guilford and Randolph Cos., 
having preached last sermon Sept. 21, 1833, in Richland Church, Randolph Co., 
where he is buried. From his records his ministry of 33 years can be stated thus: 
More than 4,350 sermons preached, 125 at funerals, 4,115 baptisms of infants and 
325 of adults, and 1,650 confirmations. 

HENKEL, POLYCARP CYPRIAN, born Aug. 20, 1820, in Lincoln Co. Parents: 
The Rev. David and Catharine (Heyle/Hoyle) Henkel. A grandson of the Rev. Paul 
Henkel, and older brother of the Rev. Socrates Henkel. Like the other Henkels he 
must have been well instructed; received a D.D. degree. Married Rebecca Fox, Ran- 
dolph Co., 1843. Children: Hon. David S., Catharine C. (Lail). If others, record not 
available. Ordained deacon 1843 and pastor 1846 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
Christ, Stanley, 1846; Daniels, Lincoln Co., 1847-55; Friendship, Alexander Co., 
1847-61; St. Paul, Startown, 1849-69; St. Stephen, Hickory, 1849-64, 65-73, 77-89; 
Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1889; St. Martin, Iredell Co., 1876-81; Philadelphia, Granite 
FaUs, 1878; St. John, Catawba Co.; Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1880, 83, 85. In 
Mo., 1870-77 (conflict with some preceding dates), helped to organize English Dist. 
of Mo. Synod; transferred to it in 1873. Returned to Tenn. Synod 1877, to serve 
again in N. C. One of founders of Concordia Coll., Conover, in 1878 and its presi- 
dent until forced to resign in 1885 due to failing health. Secretary 1858, and presi- 
dent 1878, Tenn. Synod. On Comm. to Prepare a Plan for Missionary work in Con- 
federate States Army, 1863; on Comm. to Submit a Form for Public Licensing of 
Men for the Ministry, 1865; on Joint Comm. (N. C. and Tenn. Synods) to Submit 
Policy to Prevent Conflicts in Work of the two Synods, 1882. Died Sept. 26, 1889, 
in Conover; buried at St. Peter Church, Catawba Co. 



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HENKEL, SOCRATES, born March 23, 1823, in 
Lincoln Co. Parents: The Rev. David and Catharine 
(Heyle/Hoyle) Henkel. A grandson of the Rev. Paul 
Henkel, and a younger brother of the Rev. Polycarp 
C. Henkel. Well educated as the other Henkels; re- 
ceived a D.D. degree. Married Eleanora C. Henkel, 
daughter of the Rev. Ambrose Henkel, 1850. Chil- 
dren: Ambrose L., Elon O., Otto H., (probably others, 
names not known). The first two were proprietors of 
the Henkel press in New Market, Va. Ordained dea- 
con 1850 and pastor 1851 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served all in Va. This we have about his ministry: 
"He entered the ministry of the Tenn. Synod in 1850, 
and took charge of Emmanuel congregation of New 
Market. It was the congregation of which his illus- 



trious grandfather, Rev. Paul Henkel, was pastor for many years. Dr. Henkel was 
pastor of Emmanuel for a period of forty-five years. In 1895 he was compelled to 
resign because of impaired health, but retained his pastorate as emeritus until his 
death." (The Henkel Memorial 1717-1912, First Series, Number Four, p. 128.) A 
great preacher and voluminous writer, and prominent in official life of Tenn. Synod; 
treasurer 1855, 75, 79, 81; secretary, 1859, 69, 70; president, 1871, 76, 77, 80, 82; 
on Comm. to Recommend a Book of Worship, 1871. This committee recommended 
the General Council Church Book, which was approved and used until 1919 when 
the Common Service Book was published. One of six Tenn. Synod clerical and 
three lay delegates to Diet at Salisbury in 1885 to consider Basis for closer coopera- 
tion among Southern Lutheran Synods, which resulted in the organization of the 
United Synod South in 1886, Tenn. and N. C. Synods becoming members. Among 
literary contributions: History of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod; trans- 
lation from German and Latin into English, with others, of the Book of Concord, 
of which he was editor-in-chief. Died June 20, 1901, in New Market, Va.; buried 
at Emmanuel Church there. 

HERB, DONALD WARREN, born March 23, 1923, at Reading, Pa. Parents: 
Peter Paul and Marguerite (Angstadt) Herb. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1943; 
Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1945; graduate study, Columbia Univ., Mich. State Univ. 
(Ph.D. pending). Married Nancy Miner, Gettysburg, Pa., Aug. 26, 1944. Children: 
Sandra Rae, Paul Charles, Peter Warren. Ordained 1945 by Cent. Pa. Synod. 
U. S. N. R. chaplain, 1945-47. Served St. Matthew, Lancaster, Pa., 1947-50. Lutheran 
pastor to students in Greater New York City, 1950-57, while member of N. Y. and 
N. E. Synod. Campus pastor, Mich. State Univ., 1957-62, while member of Mid. 
Dist., Am. Luth. Church. Southeastern Regional Secretary, Div. of Coll. and Univ. 
Work, N. L. C, 1962, with office at Chapel Hill. Transferred 1963 to N. C. Synod. 
Assoc. professor, Pastoral Theology, Gettysburg Sem., 1966-. 

HERSCHER, SAMUEL, licensed 1822 by N. C. Synod, and served churches in 
Orangeburg Dist., S. C. Transferred 1824 to S. C. Synod, along with five other 
N. C. Synod ministers, namely, the Revs. John P. Franklow, John Y. Meetze, God- 
frey Dreher, Michael Rauch, and Jacob Moser, who with laymen from their churches 
organized S. C. Synod in 1824. Ordained at that organizing convention. Churches 
served: St. Paul, near Pomaria, S. C, 1824-25. Secretary-Treasurer, 1824-25, S. C. 
Synod, and secretary, 1825. 



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HEWITT, ABEL KENNETH, born July 5, 1901, 
at Marion. Parents: Albert C. and Maude (Buffaloe) 
Hewitt. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1926, 
D.D. 1950; Southern Sem., B.D. 1929. Married Jane 
Dixon, Guilford Co., Jan. 2, 1919. Children: Sarah 
Catharine, Jane Dixon, the Rev. Abel Kenneth, Jr. 
Ordained 1929 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1929-32; Rural 
Retreat, Va., 1932-40; Superintendent, Southern 
Mountain Missions, 1940-50; Haven, Salisbury, 1950- 
54; transferred 1954 to S. C. Synod, serving Reforma- 
tion, Columbia, S. C, 1954-. Regional director, 
Christian Higher Education Year campaign for funds. 
Member and president, Board of Southern Sem. Di- 
rector, Development Fund Campaign, Southern Sem., 
for $750,000 (over $1,000,000 pledged and contributed), 

HEWITT, ABEL KENNETH, JR., born Aug. 9, 1926, at Hickory. Parents: The 
Rev. Abel Kenneth and Jane (Dixon) Hewitt. Educated: Roanoke Coll., Newberry 
Coll., B.A. 1951; Southern Sem. B.D. 1956. Married Mary Helena Waters, Konna- 
rock, Va., Sept. 5, 1948. Children: A. Kenneth, III, Owen Lee, Mary Malissa. Or- 
dained 1956 by Va. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Daniels, 
Lincoln Co., 1956-58; mission developer, later pastor, Christ, Durham, 1958-60. 
Transferred 1960 to S. C. Synod. 1965: Summer Memorial, Newberry, S. C. 

HEYDENREICH, LOUIS W., born June 22, 1805, at Weissenburg, France. Edu- 
cated at a university in France. Married in 1831 at Strasbourg, France. Children: 
Two sons, one of them named Victor served on the Board of Hartwick Sem., and 
four daughters. Ordained 1827 at Strasbourg, France. Came to Pa., settling near 
Philadelphia, 1851. Received as member of Min. of Pa., 1852. Supplied briefly a 
church at Manayunk, Pa. Professor (Modern Languages), Moravian Female Sem., 
Bethlehem, Pa. Transferred 1867 to E. Pa. Synod. Transferred 1868 to N. C. Synod. 
Taught about one year in Wilmington. Transferred 1869 to Md. Synod, and taught 
in a female seminary, Hagerstown, Md. Published "An Elementary German Reader" 
and "The Life of Gustavus Adolphus". Contributed articles to The Evangelical 
Review, The Quarterly Review, and The Lutheran Observer. Retired 1872 at Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., assisting sons in business. Died March 18, 1879; buried at Brooklyn, N. Y. 

HILL, GARTH LEE, born April 25, 1924, at Salisbury. Parents: C. Lee and Daisy 
Lee (Arey) Hill. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1945; Southern Sem., 1948. 
Married Frances Patricia Steadman, Ridge Spring, S. C, Oct. 11, 1947. Children: 
Garth Lee, Jr., Leslie Marlynn, Richard Anderson, Karen Elizabeth, Mary Patricia. 
Ordained 1948 by N. C. Synod, and served St. James-Ebenezer, Catawba Co., 1948- 
54. Transferred 1954 to S. C. Synod, serving Holy Trinity, Little Mountain, S. C, 
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HILLER, WILLIAM HASKEL, born Oct. 22, 
1868, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Joseph Isaiah 
and Catherine Susan (Caughman) Hiller. Educated: 
Newberry Coll., A.B. 1894; Southern Sem., 1898; 
Columbia Univ., A.M. 1911. Married Addie Esther 
Patterson, Concord, Feb. 25, 1903. Children: Mary 
Catherine, William Haskel, Jr. Ordained 1898 by 
Ga. Synod. Churches served: In Ga. and S. C, 1898- 
1902; in N. C: St. James, Concord, 1902-05; St. 
John, Cabarrus Co., 1905-06. In S. C. Synod 1906-14. 
In Fla. Synod 1914-31. Transferred back to N. C. 
Synod, 1931, serving Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 
1931-33. Retired 1933 at Goldsboro. Held services 
■■HjH^H for Lutherans in Goldsboro prior to synod's develop- 
J8B ^^ — IB ing Good Shepherd, 1936-37. Did promotion in Mid- 
for ULCA Pension Fund endowment, 1928. Died Oct. 11, 1954; buried in Oak- 
Cemetery, Concord. 




HIMES, JOHN R., born July 11, 1912, at Newark, Ohio. Parents: W. K. and 
Mabel (Winn) Himes. Educated: Wittenberg Univ., A.B. 1935; Hamma Divinity 
Sch., 1938; Duke Divinity Sch., B.D. 1964, Th.M. 1965. Married Ruth Marie Dick- 
erson, London, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1938. Daughter: Ruth Anne. Ordained 1938 by Ohio 
Synod. Churches served in Ohio: Marion-Delaware, and Bellville-Johnsville, 1938- 
42. Chaplain, U. S. Army, 1943-63. Transferred to N. C. Synod from Ohio Synod, 
1964. Graduate student, Duke Divinity School, 1963—; awaiting a call. 

HINSHAW, WILLIAM BRIAN, of Kannapolis, was educated at Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1961, and Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Examined and approved for ordina- 
tion at N. C. Synod convention in May 1964, he was ordained Aug. 23, 1964, by 
N. Y. Synod, at N. C. Synod's request, having accepted call to be assistant pastor of 
Ascension, Franklin Square, N. Y. Transferred Sept. 1, 1964, to N. Y. Synod. 



HINTZE, FREDERICK MOHR, JR., born Dec. 15, 1929, at Wilmington. Parents: 
Frederick Mohr and Swindell K. (Johnston) Hintze. Educated: Wilmington Jr. Coll., 
1948; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1958-61 A.B.; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Pris- 
cilla Talbutt Williams, Wilmington, July 3, 1954. Son: Christoph Heinrich. Ordained 
1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: While in College, Bethany, Watauga Co., 
July 1958-June 1959; Elkin Mission, August 1959-July 1960; Daniels, Lincoln Co., 
1964-. U. S. Navy Submarine Service, Korean War, 1952-54. Chaplain, N. C. Dept., 
.American Legion, 1959-60. 



HITE, ENOCH, born April 27, 1873, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Joseph and 
Martha Ann (Oxner) Hite. Educated: (Preparatory) Summit Acad., Lexington, S. C; 
taught school four years in home county; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1903; Southern 
Sem., 1906. Married Mattie Anna Roof, sister of the Revs. F. K., W. H., and W. J. 
Roof, Lexington Co., S. C, Nov. 20, 1906. Children: Violet Thesta, Wilbert M., 
Jayne. Ordained 1906 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: St. Jacob, Chapin, 
1906-09; Bethlehem-St. Matthew, Pomaria, 1918-20; Silverstreet, 1925-28; in Va.: 
Emmanuel, New Market, 1909-11; in N. C: Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1911-18; St. 
Luke, Lincoln Co., 1915-18; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1920-25; Mt. Moriah- 
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while serving this parish). Built churches in several parishes. Died Aug. 31, 1935; 
buried at Friedens Church, Guilford Co. 

HOLLAND, ROBERT C, born near Staunton, Va., 
April 30, 1840. Parents: Robert H. and Eliza Ann 
Holland. An older brother was the Rev. George W. 
Holland, D.D., one-time President of Newberry Col- 
lege. Educated Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1861, D.D. 1890; 
Univ. of Va., B.L. First marriage to Kate B. Shirey; 
second to Mary Virginia McClanahan, sister of the 
Rev. G. W. McClanahan; no children. At the outset 
of the War between the States, he enlisted as a 
member of Picket's Celebrated Division and was 
wounded three times, in both arms, at the Battle of 
Gettysburg. After the war, he practiced law for two 
years before he began preparation for ministry. Li- 
censed 1868 and ordained 1869 by Va. Synod. 
Churches served: In W. Va., 1869-88; in S. C. 1888- 
98; in N. C, St. Mark's, Charlotte, 1898-1906. President N. C. Synod 1902-04. Con- 
tinued member of N. C. Synod until his death. Member and general secretary, Board 
of Foreign Missions, United Synod South, 1906—. Member, Board of Southern Sem- 
inary. Suggested organization of Women's Missionary Society, United Synod South, 
1906. Died Nov. 17, 1915; buried in East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va. 

HOLLAR, JERRY LEONARD, born March 9, 1933, at Kannapolis. Parents: Ellard 
David and Daisy Belle (Miller) Hollar. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1958; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Wilma Geraldine Holshouser, Faith, Nov. 13, 
1954. Children: Jerry Leonard, Jr., Jan Leigh. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1961—. 

HONEYCUTT, CARL ADAMS, born June 19, 1905, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
John W. and Frances M. (Moose) Honeycutt. Educated: M. P. C. I., 1928; Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1930, D.D. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1933. Married Mary Elizabeth 
Barre, Columbia, S. C, June 7, 1934. Children: Mary Carolyn, Katherine. Ordained 
1933 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1933-43, including Grace, Win- 
chester, Va.; Zion, Sunbury, Pa., 1943-49; Ebenezer, Columbia, S. C, 1949-63; Good 
Shepherd, Tampa, Fla., 1963—. ULCA representative to Federal Council of Churches 
of Christ in America, 1946-49. Member and president, Board of Southern Sem., 
1954-63. Chairman, Lutheran Service Center, Columbia, S. C, 1950-55. 

HOOK, WADE F., born Oct. 15, 1922, at West Columbia, S. C. Parents: Sandel 
W. and Mary Ann (Dreher) Hook. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1949; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1950; Duke Univ., Ph.D. 1957. Married Melverda 
R. Padget, Saluda, S. C, June 29, 1950. Daughter: Melanie Padget. Ordained 1949 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Hendersonville, 1949-51; Campus Pastor 
to Lutheran students, Duke Univ., 1951-53; Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, and Campus 
Pastor to Lutheran students, Univ. N. C, 1953-59. Since 1959, professor and head of 
Dept. of Sociology, Lenoir Rhyne Coll. 

HOPKINS, BURRELL N., licensed 1849, but never ordained, by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1849-52; organized Beth Eden, Newton, 




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1850-53, previously a mission of the Rev. Benjamin Arey's parish; organized Salem 
and served also St. Enoch, Rowan Co., 1850-52. Name removed from clerical roll 
in 1853. 

HORNE, EVERETT ENOCH, born Nov. 15, 1928, at Hickory. Parents: James 
Albert and Annie Earl (Cordell) Home. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1953; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Bonnie Mae Hayworth, Hickory, March 27, 
1949. Children: Teresa Gale, Timothy Craig. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Lows, Guilford Co., 1962—. 

HOUCK (HAUCK), WILLIAM A., licensed 1810 by N. C. Synod in Organ 
Church, Rowan Co. Application for ordination in 1812 was refused by N. C. Synod, 
because he was a member of the Reformed Church. He was "a great leader and 
preacher in the Reformed Church" in N. C. for 25 years, and was elected first 
president of their Classis (synod) at its organization. The Rev. William A. Houck 
in S. C. Synod, 1853-74, may have been his son. Dr. Samuel Rothrock in diary says 
he married the latter to Catherine L. Fisher in 1852, presumably in N. C. 

HOYLE, CHARLIE L., born Nov. 28, 1931, in Catawba Co. Parents: Lemuel V. 
and Alpha (Rudisill) Hoyle. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1958; also graduate study at latter. Married Constance Ruth Bertolet, 
Trenton, N. J., at Konnarock, Va., May 31, 1955. Children: Peter Marvin, Timothy 
Stewart, Rebecca Annette. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Sardis, 
Catawba Co., 1958-61; Bethphage, Lincoln Co., 1961-65; Good Shepherd, Hickory, 
1965-. 

HUBBERT, WILLIAM E., born Oct. 23, 1844, in Roanoke Co., Va. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1867, A.M.; Philadelphia Sem., 1871. Married first Mittie Pettit 
(died within a few months). Second marriage to H. Virginia Ribble, Montgomery 
Co., Va., 1873. Children: William E., Florence. Served and was wounded in War 
of the 1860s. Licensed 1868 and ordained 1870 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Va., 1868-71. Member of N. C. Synod 1871-77, while professor (Ancient 
Languages) at N. C. Coll. Transferred back to S. W. Va. Synod, 1877. Assistant 
editor, Our Church Paper, New Market, Va. Later, editor, The Lutheran Church 
Visitor. Secretary, S. W. Va. Synod, many years. Delegate to last convention of 
General Synod South, 1886, in Salisbury, and to first and second conventions, United 
Synod South, Savannah, Ga., 1887, and Wilmington, 1889. Died 1916. 

HUDDLE, KELLER YONCE, born April 24, 1912, at Ceres, Bland Co., Va. 
Parents: The Rev. Marion David and Mary Belle (Rosenbaum) Huddle. Older brother 
of the Rev. B. Paul Huddle and Miss Elizabeth Huddle, Lutheran missionaries in 
Japan. Educated: Jr. Coll. of Goodman, Miss., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1933: South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1936. Married Sarah Frances Castor, Kannapolis, sister of the Rev. 
B. D. Castor, Oct. 14, 1936. Children: Sarah Frances II (married the Rev. Ralph J. 
Wallace), David K., Stephen Michael, Samuel Mark (first two sons, theological stu- 
dents). Licensed 1936 and ordained 1937 by Va. Synod. Churches served: Rocking- 
ham Co., Va., 1936-38; in N. C: St. Andrew, Andrews, 1938-40; Trinity, Cabarrus 
Co., 1941-46; St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1946-53; St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 1953-57; 
St. James, Catawba Co., 1958-62; Christ, Stanley, 1962-. Long-time member, Press, 
Radio, and Television Comm., N. C. Synod. Port representative for Nat. Luth. Coun., 
Wilmington, 1948-53. Instrumental in beginning countywide inter-racial Reformation 
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HUDDLE, WILLIAM PETER, born Feb. 20, 1862, in Wythe Co., Va. Parents: 
Peter and Sallie (Staley) Huddle. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1882; Gettysburg 
Sem., 1 year; also studied theology under the Revs. J. J. Scherer, Sr., and J. B. 
Greiner. Married Sarah Caroline Coley, Rural Retreat, Va., Dec. 28, 1887. Children: 
Eula Miriam, Ruth Elizabeth, William Chalmers, Carl Max, Sarah Christine, Charles 
Edwin. Licensed 1885 and ordained 1888 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: 
In Va., 1885-93; in N. C: St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1893-97. Transferred to 
Va. Synod, 1897, and served Madison Parish, 1897-1921, and Churchville Parish, 
1921-28. Member, Board of Lowman Home. Author of "The History of Hebron 
Lutheran Church, Madison, Va., 1717-1907". Died Aug. 29, 1939; buried in Thorn- 
rose Cemetery, Staunton, Va. 

HUFFMAN, ARTHUR MILTON, born July 12, 
1892, at Hickory. Parents: William Pinckney and 
Mary Cornelia (Fry) Huffman. A sister, Mary, married 
the Rev. F. L. Conrad, Sr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1912, A.M. 1914; Southern Sem., 1917; 
Columbia Univ., M.A. 1927; Wittenberg Univ., D.D. 
1947. Married Pauline Geneva Miller, Raleigh, Oct. 
24, 1921. Children: Mary Miller, James O. (adopted), 
Virginia Baker (married the Rev. Robert Paul Stroup). 
Ordained 1917 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Barnabas, Charleston, S. C, 1917-18; U. S. Army 
chaplain, 1918-19; in N. C: Holy Trinity, Raleigh, 
1919-24; developed and organized St. Paul, Durham, 
1923; and St. Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 
1924-29; St. John, Knoxville, Tenn., 1929-43; First, 
Louisville, Ky., 1943-55; retirement due to ill health. Member, ULCA Board of Pen- 
sions. President, Ky.-Tenn. Synod, 1947-49. Died Oct. 3, 1956; buried in Cave Hill 
Cemetery, Louisville, Ky. 

HUFFMAN, DAVIDSON CORNELIUS, born June 29, 1853, in Catawba Co. 
Parents: Langdon W. and Amy (Miller) Huffman. Educated: At Rutherford Coll.; 
also studied medicine later. Married first Nancy C. R. Hunt, Catawba Co., Jan. 6, 
1875. Children: Ossie P., Olive V. (died in infancy). Second marriage to Harriet 
Malinda Miller, Catawba Co., Feb. 26, 1880. Children: Vance Oliver, George Lee, 
William Plato, Mattie May Belle, John Davidson, Beulah Aurora, Paul Cornelius, 
David Grouse. Ordained 1877 by Jt. Synod of Ohio. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 
1886. Held no regular pastorates, but in Catawba Co., organized Mt. Olive, 1885, 
and St. Timothy, 1887, serving those and other churches in Catawba, Alexander, 
and Burke Cos., from time to time. About 1881 began practice of medicine, and 
had an extensive practice in Catawba and adjoining counties. "In this calling he was 
one of the best friends the poorer people, white or colored, had, his charges being 
moderate, often to a fault, and he also did much real charity practice." Uncle to 
the Rev. Arthur M. Huffman. Died May 14, 1898, in 45th year of age; buried at 
St. Stephen Church, Hickory. 

HUFFMAN, LESTER LEE, born June 19, 1890, near Alma, Page Co., Va. Par- 
ents: David and Ada (Dovel) Huffman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1910; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1914. Married Minna Beam, Gastonia, Nov. 6, 1916. Children: 
Richard Long, Harold Lee (born almost four months after father's death). Ordained 
1914 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia-Grace, Bessemer 




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City, 1914-15; four churches, Toms Brook, Va., 1915-18. Did promotional work for 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Instrumental in arranging 400th anniversary Reformation Service 
in Harrisonburg, Va., 1917, with attendance from near and far. Died Oct. 13, 1918, 
a victim of influenza, in 5th year of ministry; buried at Alma Church, Page Co., Va. 

HUGGINS, CHARLES RUSSELL, born June 14, 1936, at Lenoir. Parents: Russell 
Jefferies and Bleeka Irene (Carpenter) Huggins. Grandson of the Rev. R. M. Car- 
penter. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married 
Linda Sue Cline, Hickory, Aug. 9, 1959. Children: Susan Elaine, Mark Richard. Or- 
dained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mission developer and later pastor, 
New Covenant, High Point, 1961-. 

HULL, J. W., licensed, but never ordained, by Tenn. Synod, 1841. Churches 
served: Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1841-42; St. Martin, 1841-48, and organized Sharon, 
1842-46, Iredell Co.; St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1842-47, St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1842-45. 

HUNT, G. L., presumably was a member of the Joint Synod of Ohio, who served 
several churches in Gaston and Lincoln Cos., which later affiliated with Tenn. Synod. 
Not listed on clerical roll in 1953 History of Lutheran Church in N. C. But name 
occurs in relation to pastoral ministry in following churches: Supply pastor, with 
others, including the Revs. Andrew Rader and Adam Miller, Jr., Antioch, Gaston 
Co., 1853-; Bethel, Gaston Co., 1853-77. (Lutherans withdrew from using log 
house church with Methodists, and built church 20' by 24' for $65.00, 1860); Ebe- 
nezer (later St. Paul), Crouse, 1853-77. 

HUNTON, JOHN H., ordained 1858 at a special meeting of Va. Conf. of Tenn. 
Synod, in Raders Church, Timberville, Va. Churches served: In Va., Edinburg, 1857- 
61; St. Matthew, Toms Brook, -1861; Emanuel, Shenandoah Co., 1856; Woodstock. 
Transferred 1861 to Pitts. Synod. In 1866 moved to Canada. Secretary, Special Va. 
Conf. Tenn. Synod, 1856-61, its first five years. 

HURLOCKER, TOMMY WAYNE, born May 29, 1939, at Kannapolis. Parents: 
Thomas G. and Lillie (Winecoff) Hurlocker. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1960; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Constance Ann Richmond, Salisbury, 
Aug. 6. 1961. Son: Eric Wayne. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Transferred 1964 
to Cent. Pa. Synod. Churches served: Reedsville, Reedsville, Pa., 1964—. 

IDDINGS, JOHN WHITE, born Dec. 29, 1904, 
in Rowan Co. Parents: Charlie L. and Sallie L. (Wat- 
son) Iddings. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1927, D.D. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1930; Yale 
Univ., summer 1957. Married Pauline Kuhn, Hickory, 
June 18, 1931. Children: John White, Jr., William 
Robert. Ordained 1930 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Ebenezer, Rowan Co.-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus 
Co., 1930-38; Christiana, Granite Quarry, 1938-43; 
St. Mark, Asheville, 1943-49; First, Albemarle, 1949- 
65. Called by synod as first Institutional Chaplain, 
Durham Area, 1965—. Member, 1946-65, and secre- 
tary, 1954-65, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Chairman, 
Comm. on Social Ministry, 1963-65. Published series 
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study tour of Sou. Europe, Egypt, and Holy Land, 3 mos. in 1954, and observing 
operations of LWF, LWA, and LWR in Middle East, published six articles on reli- 
gious and political situation in Near and Middle East countries, and gave color slide 
lectures to many church, school and civic groups. 

JEFFCOAT, HERBERT WARREN, born Oct. 9, 
1859, in Pike Co., Ala. Parents: The Rev. James O. 
J. T. and Rachael (Zodie) Jeffcoat. Father and both 
grandfathers were Methodist ministers. Educated: 
Newberry Coll., A.B. 1890; Southern Sem., 1894. 
Thrice married: First to Eve Ella Epting, Spring- 
field, S. C, April 23, 1882 (died 1894). She was a 
Lutheran. Children: William Cecil (father of the 
Rev. Luther H. Jeffcoat), Cora Pearl (parish worker 
in Watauga Co. churches, 1924-54), George Holland. 
Second marriage to Bettie C. Hendrix, Davie Co., 
1896 (died 1897). Third marriage to Mrs. Rose (Fish- 
er) Moose, Cabarrus Co., 1899. No children. Ordained 
1894 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Concordia- 
St. Luke, Rowan Co., 1894-1900; Amity, Iredell Co., 
1894-95; Haven (first church built), Salisbury-Christ, E. Spencer, 1900-01. Trans- 
ferred 1901 to Ga. Synod; back 1909 to N. C. Synod from Miss. Synod. St. Michael, 
Troutman-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1909-12; Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co.-St. Paul, Ala- 
mance Co., 1914-21; Grace, 1916-20, and Richland, Liberty, 1914-15; Christiana, 
Granite Quarry, 1922-23; in Watauga Co.: Holy Trinity-Holy Communion-Mt. Pleas- 
ant-Mt. Zion-St. Mark-organized Grace, Boone (1925), 1923-26; St. Martin, Cabarrus 
Co.-St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1926-29. Retired 1929 at Boone. Secretary, Miss. Synod. 
Died April 5, 1937; buried at St. Mark Church, Blythewood, S. C. 

JEFFCOAT, LUTHER HALL, born March 7, 1908 at Burlington. Parents: Dr. 
William Cecil and Jessie May (Gnann) Jeffcoat. Grandfather was the Rev. H. W. 
Jeffcoat. Educated: Appalachian State Teachers Coll., two years; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1933. Southern Sem., B.D. 1937. Married Dorothy Maulsby Piatt, Columbia, 
S. C, April 12, 1936. Children: Dorothy Louise, William Ernest. Ordained 1937 
by N. C. Synod, and transferred to S. C. Synod. 1965: Holy Communion, Spartan- 
burg, S. C. His great-grandfather Jeffcoat and two great-great-grandfathers were 
Methodist ministers. 

JENKINS, DANIEL, born in Maryland. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1831. 
Licensed 1834, but never ordained, by N. C. Synod. Churches served, 1833-36; 
Union, Rowan Co., Becks-Bethany-St. Luke, Davidson Co., New Bethel, Stanly Co. 
Moved back to Md., 1836. 

JENKINS, WILLIAM, licensed 1824 and ordained 1828 by N. C. Synod in Union 
Church, Rowan Co. In 1824 was sent to minister to scattered Lutheran settlers from 
N. C, on Duck River in Bedford Co., Tenn. John Shofner, a surveyor in that coun- 
ty, came from N. C, about 1803, and his father, Martin Shofner (1758-1838), fol- 
lowed in 1808. The latter, as patriarch of Lutherans in the area, preached some; 
old records refer to him as "Rev. Shofner". Inquiring his way at a camp meeting, 
Jenkins was piloted by Nimrod Burrow, a Methodist, to the Lutheran settlement 
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service in March 1825, 38 persons communing, five of them slaves. Served this 
parish until his death, except for four years at Lovettsville, Va., during the War 
Between the States. Preaching at times to as many as ten congregations, some doubt- 
less not organized, he left his impress on the entire area. Married Mary Euliss. Num- 
ber of children is not known. His library and personal records were destroyed by 
fire in his son J. W.'s home in 1912. In 1823 the Rev. Jacob Scherer visited the 
Duck River settlements to minister to the people. Presumably hearing his report, 
N. C. Synod sent Pastor Jenkins there in 1824, and also the Rev. Jacob Medtart 
held a Communion service for 14 persons on May 30, 1824. Jenkins continued a 
member of N. C. Synod until 1835, when he became a charter member of the 
"Synod of the West," forerunner of the Olive Branch Synod, of which he was a 
member at death. Died in 1877; buried at Shelbyville, Tenn. Among prominent 
persons reared in these churches was Ex-Governor Prentiss Cooper, still in 1955 a 
member of the Lutheran Church at Shelbyville, county seat of Bedford Co., Tenn. 
(Editor's Note: This is an example of the pioneer itinerant missionary efforts of 
ministers of N. C. Synod in other states. The Rev. W. C. Davis, D.D. furnished data 
for this sketch in 1955). 

JENNINGS, WILLIAM HANSELL, born Sept. 14, 1934, at Thomasville, Ga. 
Parents: W. H. and Maude (Thornton) Jennings. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Frances Motsinger, High Point, Aug. 19, 
1956. Churches served: St. Andrew, New Bern, 1959-62. Graduate study, Yale Univ., 
1962-65. 

JERNIGAN, WILLIAM EARL, born Jan. 26, 1937, at Columbia, S. C. Parents: 
William Boyd and Janie Viola (Roof) Jernigan. Educated: Newberry Coll., B.S. 1959; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Betty Jean Hartman, Pomaria, S. C, May 29, 
1958. Children: William Earl, Jr., Sharon Marie. Ordained 1963 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Macedonia, Newberry Co., S. C; 1963-64; in N. C: Holy Trinity, 
Mt. Pleasant, 1964-. 

JOHNSON, DAVID FRONTIS, born July 25, 1917, in Saluda Co., S. C. Parents: 
George Tolbert and Lida Mae (Denny) Johnson. Educated: Univ. S. C, A.B. 1938; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1942. Married Eleanor Louise Weir, Columbia, S. C, Aug. 16, 
1942. Children: James David, John Foster. Ordained 1942 by S. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Gladesboro, Va., 1942-47; in N. C: St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 1947-52; 
Kure Memorial, Kure Beach, 1952-56; Kimball Memorial, Kannapolis, 1956-61. 
Superintendent of Missions, N. C. Synod, 1961-62. Regional Secretary, LCA Board 
of American Missions, for N. C. and S. E. Synods, 1962-. Member, NCCCUSA 
Comm'n on Town and Country, and of Comm. on Appalachia; and of Comm'n on 
Religion in Appalachia (interdenominational). 

JOHNSON, HARRY WILLIAM, JR., born Jan. 19, 1930, at Sumter, S. C. Parents: 
Harry William and Ethel (Seastrunk) Johnson. Educated: Univ. S. C, A.B. 1952; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1956. Ordained 1956 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Kure Memorial, Kure Beach, 1956-57. 1965: Advent, Mat- 
tituck, N. Y. 

JOHNSON, WILLIAM MELVIN, SR., born April 29, 1930, at Columbia, S. C. 
Parents: James Wesley and Genora (Cloninger) Johnson. Educated: Augusta (Ga.) Jr. 
Coll., Catawba Coll., A.B. 1957; Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Madeline Fink, 



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Faith, June 7, 1953. Children: William Melvin, Jr., Harry Andrew. Ordained 1960 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Catawba Co., 1960-64; Gloria Dei, Salis- 
bury, 1964—. U. S. Air Force, three years of time as instructor in Air Force School 
of Electronics, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Then, was employed as electrician by Atomic 
Energy Commission, Savannah River Project, Aiken, S. C. 

JULIAN, WILLIAM ALEXANDER, born Nov. 28, 
1830, at Salisbury. Father was William Julian. Edu- 
cated: N. C. Coll., 1855. Married Emily Caroline 
Reid, Salisbury, Aug. 9, 1853. Children: Henry T., 
Louisa J. (married the Rev. J. Killian Efird), Abner 
J. P., Horace M., William L., Charles A., Carrie 
Emma (married the Rev. S. C. Ballentine). Licensed 
1856 by N. C. Synod and ordained 1859. Churches 
served: In N. C: Becks-Lebanon-St. Luke-Pilgrim, 
Davidson Co., 1854-63; Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co.- 
Richland, Randolph Co., 1865-70; St. Enoch, Rowan 
Co.-Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1874-79; St. Luke, David- 
son Co., 1878-84; Reformation, Davie Co., 1880-84; 
and last pastorate, organized Haven, Salisbury-Christ, 
East Spencer, 1899-1900; also in above intervals: in 
Fla., 1863-65; N. Y. and N. J., 1870-74; and Ga., S. C, and Fla., 1884-99. Retired 
1900 and resided at Mason City, Fla; later at Leesville, S. C. Supplied church in 
Wythe Co., Va, 1907. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1867; president, 1869. Died Aug. 19, 
1913, at Leesville, S. C; buried there in Wittenberg Church Cemetery. 

KAEMPFER, JACOB, born July 23, 1800, in Shenandoah Co., Va. Educated: 
Gettysburg Sem., 1829. Married Lydia Oswald, near Hagerstown, Md. Children: 
Five sons and one daughter reached maturity; three children died in infancy. Li- 
censed 1829 and ordained 1831 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: In Rowan Co.— 
Organ, 1829-32, Luthers-Lutheran Chapel, 1830-33. Transferred to Pa. Synod in 
1833, and served parishes in Synods of W. Pa., Md., Cent. Pa., and E. Pa., 1833-72, 
chiefly rural churches. Retired 1872 at Glen Rock, Pa. Died Jan. 19, 1880; buried at 
Beaver Springs, Snyder Co., Pa. 

KAHL, GEORGE CALVIN, born June 26, 1922, at Hagerstown, Md. Parents: 
George Henry and Ruth May (Bream) Kahl, Jr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1950; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Rachel Lenora Beatty, Charlotte, sister 
of the Rev. P. B. Beatty, Jr., Dec. 21, 1948. Children: Ruth Lenora, George Calvin, 
Jr., Anita Catherine, John Beatty. Ordained 1953 by N. C. Synod, and transferred 
to S. C. Synod. Later became a U. S. Army chaplain. 1965: Post Chapel, Redstone 
Arsenal, Ala. 

KARRIKER LONNIE WILLIAM, born March 11, 1934, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Thebas Bernard and Blanche (Deal) Karriker. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Bobbie Jo Overcash, Rowan Co., Sept. 9, 
1956. Children: Scott Hamilton, Audrey. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 1961-64, Center Grove, Kannapolis, 1965-. 

KEASEY, LESTER DEAN, born May 6, 1920, in Blair Co., Pa. Parents: William 
Orlando and Edna (Miller) Keasey. Educated: Penn. State Univ., (Altoona, Pa.) one 




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year; Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1943; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1945; Univ. Sou. Cal.; 
Biblical Sem.; N. Y. Univ., M.A. 1949; Univ. Pitts., Ph.D., 1955; on leave, Univ. 
Minn., in marriage counseling training program, 1964-65. Married Joy Silvis, Greens- 
burg, Pa., June 28, 1947. Children: John Mark, Paul Allen. Licensed 1945, ordained 
1946 by Calif. Synod. Churches served: In Calif., N. Y. City, and Pa., 1945-55. Since 
1955, assoc. professor of Sociology, and Religious Studies, Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Reg- 
ularly supplies churches. Subject of doctoral dissertation: "The Readability of the 
'Christian Growth Series' of Lutheran Church School Lessons". Exec, director, Fam- 
ily Guidance Center, Hickory, 1959-61; now psychiatric social worker at same. 

KECK, ALBERT HENRY, JR., born March 23, 
1910, at Aurora, 111. Parents: The Rev. Albert Henry 
and Charlotte (Zimmerman) Keck. Educated: Witten- 
berg Univ., A.B. 1931, D.D. 1959; Hamma Div. Sch., 
two years, Chicago Sem., B.D. 1934. Married Virginia 
Elizabeth Rhodes, Albemarle, daughter of the Rev. 
George H. Rhodes, Aug. 16, 1934. Children: The 
Revs. George Albert and David Rhodes, Timothy 
Alan, Barbara Jane. Ordained 1934 by Mich. Synod. 
Churches served: St. John, Sterling, 111., 1934-45; 
in N. C: Emmanuel-St. Luke, Lincolnton, 1945-48; 
supplied Luthers Chapel, Lincoln Co., 1947-48. Pro- 
fessor of Practical Theology, Southern Sem., 1948-53. 
St. Andrew, Hickory, 1953—. Member, Boards of 
Chicago Sem., and Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Member, 
ULCA Comm. on Worship, 1952-55. Literary contributions: (In part) Uniform Lesson 
Commentary, 1954; tract, "The Call to the Ministry" for ULCA Board of Education; 
LCM and LL topics; Y.P. Lessons in Augsburg Series, 1962. Influential in religious 
life and activity of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. students and faculty. 

KECK, DAVID RHODES, born Nov. 24, 1938, at Sterling, 111. Parents: The Rev. 
Albert H. and Virginia (Rhodes) Keck, Jr. Grandfathers were the Revs. Albert H. 
Keck and George H. Rhodes; older brother is the Rev. George A. Keck. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. cum laude 1964. Married Rachel 
Diana Rudisill, Cherry ville, June 10, 1961. Son: David Rhodes, Jr. Ordained 1964 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Our Father, Greensboro, 1964-. 

KECK, GEORGE ALBERT, born April 8, 1936, at Sterling, 111. Parents: The Rev. 
Albert Henry and Virginia Elizabeth (Rhodes) Keck, Jr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Margo W. Sicha, Asheville. 
Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Stephen, Lenoir, 1962-. 
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KEEVER, EDWIN FRANCIS, born May 18, 1864, 
of Scotch-Irish and Saxon ancestry, at Reading, Pa. 
Educated: Muhlenberg Coll, A.B. 1886 (?); Phila- 
delphia Sem, 1889 (?). Received a D.D. degree, per- 
haps from Muhlenberg Coll. Married Sadie Elizabeth 
Durr, Nov. 18, 1897 (died 1927). Children: Two 
daughters, one (name not known) who married John 
C. Leathern; Marion, who married John E. Walker, 
Sr.; one son, Paul. Churches served: Mission work 
in Seattle, Wash, and in Boston, Mass, Catasaqua, 
Pa, and Utica, N. Y.; in N. C: St. Paul, Wilmington, 
1922-37. Pastor emeritus on retiring in 1937 in Wil- 
mington. President, N. Y. and N. E. Synod, 1912-14. 
Chaplain, U. S. Army in World War I, 1917-19. 
Sixteen days before death was given "First Citizen- 
ship Award" by Wilmington Exchange Club, thereafter to be given yearly to that 
citizen of New Hanover Co, "whose life most resembles in act and deed that of 
Dr. Keever". Died Dec. 17, 1949; buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington. 




KEGLEY, CHARLES R. W., born Aug. 14, 1875, at Wytheville, Va. Parents: 
Stephen A. and Sarah E. (Umberger) Kegley. Educated: Roanoke Coll, A.B. 1898, 
M.A. 1902; Southern Sem, 1901. Married Orpha M. Koch, New Bern, April 1903. 
Son: The Rev. Charles William. Ordained 1901 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1901-07; Bluefield, W. Va, 1907-11; 
Chicago, 111, 1911-19. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1919, and served Holy Trinity, 
Hickory, 1919-23. Transferred to 111. Synod, 1923; served Hope-Epiphany, Chicago, 
111, and was pastor to Lutheran students, 1923-32. Died Dec. 29, 1932; buried at 
Wytheville, Va. 



KEISER, ALBERT, born Dec. 7, 1887, at Neufir- 
rel, Ostfriesland, Germany. Educated: Wartburg 
Coll, A.B. 1911; Wartburg Sem, 1913; Univ. Mont, 
A.M. 1915; Univ. Ill, Ph.D. 1918; graduate study 
(summers) after 1918, Univ. Minn, Univ. Wise, Har- 
vard Univ.; Lenoir Rhyne Coll, Litt.D. 1958. Mar- 
ried Lena Virginia McGukin, Anderson, S. C. June 
6, 1942. Son: Albert, Jr. Ordained 1913 by Iowa 
Synod (ALC). Churches served: Missionary of Iowa 
Synod in Montana, 1913-15; St. Paul, Beloit, Wise, 
1918-20. Supplied churches in N. C. in summers and 
sometime for months while professor at Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll.: Friendship, Shiloh, and St. John, Alexander 
Co.; Emmanuel, Lincolnton; Grace, Bessemer City, 
and others. Acting professor (Classics), Newberry 
Coll, 1915-16. Acting Professor (English), Beloit (Wise.) Coll, 1918-19. Professor and 
head of dept. of English, Augustana Coll, Sioux Falls, S. D. 1920-25. Professor and 
head of depts. of English and Public Speaking, Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 1925-57. Re- 
tired 1957 at Hickory. Archivist, N. C. Synod, 1955-59. Founder and director, South 
Atlantic Forensic Tournament, 1933-59. On church council for 13 years and chair- 
man of bldg. comm., 1945-52, St. Andrew, Hickory. Member of following: Mod. 
Lang. Assoc. of Am.; Am. Assoc. of Univ. Profs.; N. C. and Catawba Poetry Socs.; 




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N. C. Intercoll. Forensic Assoc.; Pi Kappa Delta Hon. Forensic Frat.; and (hon.) 
Thunderbird Clan of Winnebago Indian Tribe (for meritorious service). Publications: 
"Influence of Christianity Upon the Vocabulary of Old English Poetry", (Univ. 111. 
Press, 1919); "Lutheran Mission Work Among the American Indians", (Aug. Pub. 
House, 1922); "The Indian in American Literature", (Oxford Univ. Press, 1933); 
"Parliamentary Law for Students", (Edwards Bros., 1941); "College Names: Their 
Origin and Significance", (Bookman Associates, 1952); "The Way Up" (posthumously, 
Richard R. Smith, 1961). Listed in "Who's Who in America" 1925-. Died Dec. 5, 
1959; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

KEISLER, FRANK LA VAUGHN, born Feb. 7, 1930, in Lexington Co., S. C. 
Parents: Frank L. and Gevena (Fraley) Keisler. Educated: Newberry Coll.. A.B. 1951; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Married Elizabeth Jean Haigler, Cameron, S. C, July 4, 
1954. Children: Frank L., Jr., Kerry H. Ordained 1954 by S. C. Synod. Churches 
served: In S. C, 1954-61; in N. C: St. Luke, Monroe, 1962-63. 1965: Pilgrim, near 
Lexington, S. C. 

KEISLER, JAMES ALBERT, JR., born Aug. 20, 1909, in Lexington Co., S. C. 
Parents: James Albert and Elizabeth (Shull) Keisler. An older brother is the Rev. 
E. Bryan Keisler. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1932, D.D. 1952; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1935. Married Violet Kathleen Huffman, Hickory, Aug. 20, 1935. Daughter: 
Catherine Dianne. Ordained 1935 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1935- 
37; in Va. 1937-43; in S. C. 1943-55; S. E. Area Director for Evangelism, ULCA 
Board of Social Missions, 1955-59; in Fla., 1959-62; in N. C: Kimball Memorial, 
Kanapolis, 1962-65; Grace, Prosperity, S. C., 1965—. Member, Board of Newberry 
Coll., 1947-59. Visitor, LWF Assembly, Hannover, Germany, 1952, and toured in 
Holy Land and Middle East. 



KELLER, SAMUEL L., was born Jan. 15, 1859, 
near Edinburg, Va. Parents: Aaron C. and Eliza E. 
(Coffman) Keller. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1882; Philadelphia Sem., 1887. Married Elizabeth R. 
Miller, Cabarrus Co., March 10, 1889. Children: 
Lucille M., Samuel L., Jr., Leila J. Ordained 1887 
by Min. of Pa. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1888. 
Churches served: St. John, 1887-90, and Prosperity 7 , 
1887-88, Cabarrus Co.; in S. C, W. Va., Ontario, 
Can., Va., and Neb., 1890-1914. Retired 1914, due 
to physical disability, in Fremont, Neb. His son wrote 
of him: "His pastoral work was chiefly with small 
town and country churches. He was a man of sterling 
character, always living and practicing the gospel he 
preached. Truly, throughout his life he walked with 




God. . . . He made excellent use of his talents, serving each of his several pastorates 
most creditably until physical disability forced his retirement . . ." Died 1940; 
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KEPLEY, ROBERT HUGH, bom Sept. 6, 1903, 
in Davidson Co. Parents: Robert Leonard and Julia 
A. (Younts) Kepley. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1927; Southern Sem., B.D. 1930. Married Lois 
Lucille Boliek, Claremont, May 26, 1931. Son: The 
Rev. Robert Julius. Ordained 1930 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mt. Hermon-Sharon-St. Paul, Ire- 
dell Co., 1930-32; Lebanon-Providence, Rowan Co.- 
Amity, Iredell Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1932-35; 
St. Stephen, Hickory, 1935-43; Holy Comforter, Bel- 
mont, 1943-49; St. Paul, near Newton, 1949-55. 
Transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod, 1955. 1965: Zion, 
Guyton, Ca. Member, Merger Comm., S. E. Synod, 
1962. 



KEPLEY, ROBERT JULIUS, born March 18, 1936, at Hickory. Parents: The Rev. 
Robert Hugh and Lois Lucille (Bolick) Kepley. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Susan Louise McGee, Minneapolis, Minn., 
July 29, 1961. Son: Robert Joel. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Mission developer, later pastor, St. Philip, Raleigh, 1962—. 

KERN, JAMES S., born Jan. 2, 1903, in Rowan Co. Parents: John Augustus and 
Josephine (Summers) Kern. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1923; Philadelphia 
Sem., 1926; graduate study, Univ. Denver, Master Soc. Work 1938; Univ. Chicago 
1952-54. Ordained 1928 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Min. of Pa.; served 
St. Paul, Millville, N. J., 1928-34. Voluntarily demitted ministry, 1935. Since 1939 
on faculty of Univ. of Denver, professor of Social Work, except for Army service: 
U. S. Army sergeant in Chaplaincy Section, 1942-45. 

KESTER, MOSES LEE, born March 25, 1885, 
near Salisbury. Parents: John Anderson and Frances 
(Swink) Kester. Educated: M. P. C. I., Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1909, D.D.; Southern Sem, 1912, B.D. 1925. 
Married Annie Little, Statesville, June 4, 1913. Chil- 
dren: Ruth Pauline, Virgil Carl, Mary Elizabeth, Car- 
roll Little, John Lee. Ordained 1912 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Haven, Salisbury, 1912-13; St. 
Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co. -Reformation, Davie Co, 
1918-19; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co, 1919- 
20; St. Andrew-Calvary, Concord, 1920-28; St. Luke, 
Bear Poplar, 1928-31; Bethany, Kannapolis, 1931-35; 
in S. C, 1913-18, 1935-53. Retired 1953 at Walter- 
boro, S. C. Member, Board of Southern Sem. Died 
Feb. 16, 1961; buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 
Columbia, S. C. 

KETCHIE, WILLIAM RUFUS, born Feb. 13, 1839, near China Grove. Educated: 
N. C. Coll.; tutored privately in theology. Thrice married: First to Sallie Jane Pat- 
terson, Rowan Co. Children: William Franklin Hubbert, Fannie Jane. Second mar- 
riage to Ann Catherine Plaster, Enochville. Daughter: Mary Edna (married the Rev. 
H. E. H. Sloop). Third marriage to Salena Jane Hoover, near Statesville. Licensed 




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1868 and ordained 1871 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Matthew, 1866-82, 
and New Jerusalem, 1869-70, Davie Co.; St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co. -New Bethel, 
Stanly Co., 1873; Organ, Rowan Co.; 1873-74; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1875-79; Provi- 
dence, Rowan Co., 1878-88, supplied 1892, 1897; Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 
1887-88. Retired 1888 at Mocksville. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1874-75. Died April 
6, 1921; buried at Greenlawn Cemetery, China Grove. 

KIBLER, MARTIN, was a native of Ohio. Licensed 1820 by N. C. Synod. No 
record of churches served in N. C. In Oct. 1820 applied to Va.-Md. Synod to ordain 
him, but the synod declined. Moved to Maryland in 1821. 

KIESLER, S. S., while living in Ops, Ark., was a beneficiary student of Tenn. 
Synod, 1889-94. Ordained 1894 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; 
in Ops, Ark., 1894-96, presumably St. John, near Little Rock. In 1895 requested 
letter of dismissal, not naming to what synod; request was not complied with. At 
same time an official of St. John asked to withdraw the congregation, to unite with 
Eng. Synod of Missouri. In 1898 he requested his name to be removed from Tenn. 
Synod roll. 

KILLIAN, JACOB, born June 8, 1818, in Lincoln Co. Married Julia Koiner, 
Koiners Church community, Augusta Co., Va. Children: Three sons and one daugh- 
ter survived him. Ordained deacon 1836 by Tenn. Synod in Philadelphia Church, 
Lincoln (now Gaston) Co., and pastor 1837 in Koiners Church, Augusta Co., Va. 
Histories of N. C. and Va. Synods are in conflict concerning churches he served. 
N. C. History gives him serving Mt. Moriah, 1837, and St. Peter, 1837-38, Rowan 
Co.; and Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1840-55, in same period that Ephraim 
Rudisill also is listed as pastor. "History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and 
East Tennessee" says that he served the following churches in Va.: Koiners, Augusta 
Co., 1837 (ordination) to 1871 (death); St. Paul, Mt. Solon, 1838-41; McGaheysville, 
1864. President, Tenn. Synod, 1851, 52, 58; secretary, 1855. Secretary, Va. Special 
Conf. of Tenn. Synod, 1859; president, six one-year terms, 1857-69. Died July 5, 
1871; buried at Bethlehem Church, near Waynesboro, Va. 



KIMBALL, WHITSON, born March 28, 1828, at 
Dunn's Mountain (now Granite Quarry). Parents: 
Colyer and Catharine (Cauble) Kimball. Got enough 
education to teach school nine years from age 21, 
continuing to study. In theology was tutored by his 
pastor, the Rev. Simeon Scherer. Married Patience 
Evelyn Foil, Rowan Co., March 15, 1854. Children: 
Elizabeth Catharine, Colyer Michael, Henry B., Mary 
Jane, Leah Louisa Anzonetta (married the Rev. H. R. 
Overcash), William Luther Melanchthon, Talitha 
Augusta, Neifer W 7 ., Charles J. Three great-grandsons 
are the Revs. Frank K. Efird, John K. Lasley, and 
Ernest L. Misenheimer, Jr. Licensed 1860 and or- 
dained 1862 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Twenty-eight in nine N. C. counties, 1860-98 as 




follows-Forsyth Co.: Nazareth and Shiloh; Davie Co.: St. Matthew and Reformation; 
Rowan Co.: St. Matthew, St. Paul, Lutheran Chapel, 1861-77, Ebenezer, organized 
Center Grove (1876), Providence, Concordia, Grace, and Christ (East Spencer); Ire- 
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Macedonia (Burlington) and St. Paul; Cabarrus Co.: St. Stephen, Mt. Olive, Mt. Her- 
mon, and Cold Water; Stanly Co.: organized First (Albemarle), 1880, and New 
Bethel; and Davidson Co.: Pilgrim, St. Luke, and Bethany. Most of pastorates were 
from 2 or 3 to 5 years, and he repeated pastorates in several instances. President, 
N. C. Synod, 1870-71, and secretary, 3 one-year terms, 1866-77. As financial agent 
for N. C. Coll., 1880—, preached in every congregation of synod and raised $15,000. 
In 38 years of ministry never missed a synod convention, attending his last two weeks 
before death. Performed the marriage ceremonies of all nine of his children. Last 
appointment to preach was at First Church, Albemarle, May 22, 1898, but sickness 
prevented. The Rev. J. Q. Wertz promised him to fill the appointment, and this 
satisfied him. Died the next day, May 23, 1898; buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, 
China Grove. 

KINARD, JAMES DAVID, born July 1, 1866, at Prosperity, S. C. Parents: David 
Belton and Mary Anne (Long) Kinard. An older brother was the Rev. M. M. Kinard. 
Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1891/92, D.D. 1917; Southern Sem., 1894. Married 
Margaret Wilson, Peak, S. C, March 25, 1896. Children: Junius H., the Rev. Karl 
W., Mazie W. Ordained 1895 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1895-1924; 
in N. C: St. John, Statesville, 1924-29. Retired 1930 in Columbia, S. C. Supplied 
St. Andrew-St. Michael, Columbia, S. C, 1930-42. Member and secretary, Board 
of Newberry Coll., 1904-24. Secretary, S. C. Synod, 1905-07, and president, 1909-11. 
Member, Board of Southern Sem. Died July 4, 1942; buried at Wittenberg Church, 
Leesville, S. C. 

KINARD, MICHAEL MIDDLETON, born Feb. 
19, 1856, at Prosperity, S. C. Parents: David Belton 
and Mary Anne (Long) Kinard. A younger brother 
was the Rev. James D. Kinard. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1885, D.D. 1912; Southern Sem., 1887; 
Univ. S. C, M.A.; Pennsylvania (Gettysburg) Coll., 
hon. Ph.D. 1894. Married Joanna Dorothea Seeba, 
Walhalla, S. C, Oct. 1887. Children: Albert Junius, 
Seeba David (died in 4th month of age), Marie Eloise 
(died at age 22). Ordained 1887 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Ebenezer, Columbia, S. C, 1887- 
1903; St. John, Knoxville, Tenn., 1903-06; in N. C: 
St. John, Salisbury, 1906-20; Augsburg, Winston- 
Salem, 1920-24. Vice-president and president, S. C. 
Synod, 1894-97. Member, Boards of Newberry Coll., 
1890-96, and Southern Sem., 1914-20. President, Holston Synod, 1903-05. President, 
N. C. Synod, 1911-15. President, United Synod, South, 1918-20. Member, ULCA 
Board of Foreign Missions, 1918-22. Died 1924; buried in Ebenezer Churchyard, 
Columbia, S. C. 

KING, CARL STANLEY, born Feb. 9, 1934, at Salisbury. Parents: The Rev. Clay- 
borne Stanford and Vivian P. (Kester) King. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Harriette N. Collins, Hickory, May 22, 
1955. Children: Elizabeth Carol, Patricia Leigh. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mt. Zion-New Bethel, Richfield, 1958-59; mission developer and 
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KING, CHARLES BANKS, born Oct. 19, 1858/9, 
in Giles Co., Va. Parents: Charles Banks and Eliza- 
beth (Martin) King. Educated: Roanoke Coll., also 
D.D.; Gettysburg Sem. Married Annie Watts, Balti- 
more, Md., 1889. Children: Mary Elizabeth, Clara 
Ann, Gerard Watts, Charles Banks, George Watts. 
Licensed 1885 and ordained 1887 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. John, Salisbury, 1886-96; sup- 
plied St. Mark, Charlotte, 1897-98, also St. Michael, 
Troutman, 1901. Founder and first president, Eliza- 
beth Coll., (named for his and his wife's mothers), 
1896-1914/5. Mrs. King's parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Gerard S. Watts, Baltimore, Md., and her brother, 
George W. Watts, Durham, supplied most of money 
to build the college. Later Gerard Conservatory of 
Music of the college was given by George W. Watts in memory of his father. Secre- 
tary, N. C. Synod, 1888-96, 1900-03. Died Aug. 28, 1919, buried in Elmwood Ceme- 
tery, Charlotte. 

KING, CLAYBORNE STANFORD, born July 18, 1906, at Durham. Parents: Wil- 
liam Stanford and Emma J. (Dodson) King. Educated: Univ. N. C, A.B. Ed., 1929, 
also graduate study (summers). Taught 17 years in E. Spencer, Spencer, and Wood- 
leaf (also principal at Woodleaf 4 years), before entering seminary. Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1949. Married Vivian P. Kester, Spencer, June 1, 1929. Children: The Rev. Carl 
Stanley, William Joseph, Ph.D, Ordained 1949 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Organized Good Shepherd, Tampa, Fla., 1951-52; in N. C: Grace, Rowan Co., 
1949-50; St. Stephen-St. John, Lenoir, 1952-56; St. Stephen only, 1956-61; St. Luke, 
Catawba Co., 1961-63; Messiah, Salisbury, 1963-. 

KINNEY, JAMES WILLIAM, born Nov. 12, 1937, at Winston-Salem. Parents: 
The Rev. Paul Gladstone and Annie Mae (Patterson) Kinney. Educated: Univ. N. C, 
A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Lois Marie Bouknight, Rock Hill, 
S. C, June 23, 1962. Daughter: Martha Elizabeth. Ordained 1963 by N. C. Synod, 
and transferred to S. E. Synod. Mission developer, LCA Board of American Missions, 
Greeneville, Tenn., 1963-64; St. Timothy, Hendersonville, Tenn. 1964-. 

KINNEY, PAUL GLADSTONE, born March 22, 1903, in Alamance Co. Parents: 
James Clingman and Sarah Leah (Keck) Kinney. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., two 
years, Elon Coll., A.B. 1928; Southern Sem., B.D. 1931; graduate study Duke Univ., 
1935-36, serving also as pastor to Lutheran students at Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill. 
Married Annie Mae Patterson, Burlington, June 27, 1933. Children: The Rev. James 
William, George Gladstone, Sarah Mae. Ordained 1931 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1931-35; Ebenezer, Rowan Co.-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus 
Co., 1938-43; Christiana, Granite Quarry, 1943-49; St. Paul-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance 
Co., 1949-56; St. Enoch, Rowan Co, 1956-60; St. Paul, Iredell Co, 1960-62. Retired 
1962, near Burlington. 

KISTLER, HENRY ALFRED, born Dec. 30, 1879, at Lincolnton. Parents: Adol- 

phus Monroe and Mary Suana (Robinson) Kistler. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 

A.B. 1902; Southern Sem, 1905, B.D. 1926; graduate study, Chicago Sem.; Univ. 

Ga, Ph.D. 1930. Married Myrtle Blanche Clark, Blountville, Tenn, Dec. 23, 1912. 




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Children: Myrtle Blanche, Henry Alfred, Jr., (died in service World War II, April 
15, 1943), Adolphus Job. Ordained 1905 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Holy 
Communion-Mt. Pleasant-Mt. Zion, Watauga Co., 1905-10; in Tenn., Holston Synod, 
1910-20; in S. C, in Tenn. Synod, 1920-22, and in S. C. Synod, 1922-34. Again in 
N. C: Mt. Pleasant-Holy Trinity-Mt. Zion-Old Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1934-37; 
Lebanon-Providence, Rowan Co. -Amity, Iredell Co. -St. Matthew, Davie Co., June 
1937-May 1938, sudden death in parsonage cutting short his ministry. Vice-presi- 
dent, Holston Synod. Member, Boards of Southern Sem., and Summerland Coll. 
Died May 7, 1938; buried at Daniels Church, Lincoln Co. 

KISTLER, PAUL, born near Bear Poplar. Father: John Kistler; mother: a Miss 
Barringer. Educated: Southern Sem., 1841. Married first a Miss Wingard, South 
Carolina. Son: Albert. Second marriage to Thursa Cloy, South Carolina, daughter 
of the Rev. Robert C. Cloy. Children: Victoria, Mary, Kate, Belle, John. Licensed 
1841 and ordained 1843 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1841-56; in 
N. C, 1856-58: Beth Eden, Newton-St. Michael, Troutman; St. Paul, Iredell Co. 
In 1859 united with Methodist Church. 

KITE, WILLIAM JACKSON, JR., born May 26, 1933, at Fayetteville. Parents: 
William Jackson and Flora Mae (Lawson) Kite. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Barbara Jean Conner, Hickory, March 1, 
1955. Children: Karen Jane, William Lindon, Christopher Lee. Ordained 1958 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Hermon, Iredell Co., 1958-59: Reformation, 
Taylorsville, 1959-. 

KLUTTZ, MILES JOSEPH, born March 26, 1893, in Rowan Co. Parents: H. A. L. 
and Mary E. (Walton) Kluttz. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1916; 
Southern Sem., 1919; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1920. Married Sarah Pearle Lyerly, 
Rowan Co., Nov. 19, 1922. Children: Pearle Lyerly (Mrs. Fred McCall, Jr.), Miles 
Joe, Sarah Elaine. Ordained 1919 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to N. Y. & N. E. 
Synod. Churches served: Ascension, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1920-24; in N. C: St. Luke, 
Bear Poplar, 1924-27; at Waynesboro, Va., and Damascus, Va., 1927-40; Witten- 
berg, Granite Quarry, 1940-52. Retired 1952 because of ill health at Granite Quarry. 
Published in Lutheran Church Quarterly article entitled "Rural Church Problems 
and Their Solutions". Died April 22, 1963; buried at Union Church, Rowan Co. 

KNIGHT, OSCAR KENNETH, born Jan. 18, 1924, in Caldwell Co. Parents: Oscar 
K. and Lula Kate (Beaty) Knight. Educated: U. S. Merch. Mar. Acad., Kings Point, 
L. I., N. Y. 1942-44; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 1952. 
Married Jeanne Marie Stengle, Bronx, N. Y. C, July 18, 1944. Children: Jack Oscar 
Kenneth, Kate Elizabeth Marie, Kevin Douglas Anthony, Carl Kerron William. Or- 
dained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Daniels, Lincoln Co., 1952-55. Trans- 
ferred 1956 to Pac. S. W. Synod. Demitted ministry for secular employment, Dec. 
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KOHN, ERNEST HOUSEAL, born Nov. 7, 1863, 
at Little Mountain, S. C. Parents: Aaron Hamilton 
and Martha Elizabeth (Feagle) Kohn. Educated: New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1885, also A.M. and Ph.D., D.D.; 
graduated Philadelphia Sem., 1893. Married Cath- 
arine Ehrhardt, Philadelphia, Pa., May 16, 1895. 
Children: Gertrude Elizabeth, Paul Houseal (died in 
infancy), Grace Koiner, Ruth, Faith, George Ehr- 
hardt. Ordained 1893 by Min. of Pa. Churches 
served: In Va., of S. W. Va., and Tenn. Synods, 
1895-1902; in Pa., 1902-04, 1911-13; in N. C: St. 
John, Cherryville-Bethphage, Lincoln Co. -St. Paul- 
St. Mark, Crouse, 1904-09; Good Shepherd, Mt. 
Holly-Holy Comforter, Belmont, 1913-27; Good Shep- 
herd only, 1927-46; in S. C, 1909-11. Retired 1946 
at Mt. Holly, later at Gastonia. Member, Joint Comm. (for Tenn. Synod) to Consider 
Proposal to Unite all Lutherans in N. C. in one Synod, 1915—. Secretary, Tenn. 
Synod, 1898-99, president, 1899-1900. First statistical secretary, United N. C. Synod, 
1921-33. Died Nov. 11, 1950; buried at Mt. Holly. 

KOINER, JUNIUS S., ordained 1881 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Zion, 
Catawba Co., 1881-83; other Tenn. Synod churches in S. C: Bethlehem, Irmo; St. 
Jacob and St. Thomas, Chapin; and in Va.: Bethel, Manassas, 1890-92, and Mt. 
Nebo, Madison, 1888-92. For some years taught theology at Concordia Coll., Con- 
over. President, Tenn. Synod, 1887-88. In 1899 left Tenn. Synod to join Mo. Synod. 

KUHN, HARVEY ALVIN, JR., born June 11, 1925, in Lincoln Co. Parents: 
Harvey Alvin and Elizabeth (Noe) Kuhn. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1948; 
Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1951. Married Eva Jean Foltz, Shenandoah, Va., Aug. 25, 
1949. Children: Brenda Jean, Pamela Jo. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Trinity, Sanford, 1951-53. Transferred 1956 to Va. Synod. Mission developer, 
later pastor, Redeemer, McLean, Va., 1956—. 

KUHNS, SAMUEL W., born in Clarion Co., Pa. Parents: John and Sarah (Knight) 
Kuhns. Educated: Muhlenberg Coll., 1872; Philadelphia Sem., 1875. Married Mar- 
zena Saeger, Saegertown, Pa. Daughter: Elizabeth Sarah. Ordained 1875 by Pitts. 
Synod. Churches served: In Pa., Ohio, and Minn. Transferred to N. C. Synod from 
N. W. Synod, 1910. Supplied Concordia, Rowan Co., 1909. Later served churches 
in Va., and Md. Retired 1924 at Frederick, Md. Died 1928; buried at Emlenton, Pa. 




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KYLES, CHARLES FAY, born Feb. 28, 1902, in 
Iredell Co. Parents: William Curry and Mary V. 
(Barnhardt) Kyles. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1924; taught high school two years; Southern 
Sem., 1929. Married Mary Ida Fink, Cleveland, June 
19, 1930. Children: Ruth Marie, Lewis Lee. Or- 
dained 1929 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Leb- 
anon-Providence, Rowan Co. -Amity, Iredell Co. -St. 
Matthew, Davie Co., 1929-32; Grace, Rowan Co.- 
Prosperity, Cabarrus Co., 1932-40; Prosperity only, 
1940-43; Becks-Holly Grove-Lebanon-New Jerusalem, 
Davidson Co., 1943-47; Friendship, Taylorsville, 
1947-53; Lows, Guilford Co., 1953-58; Luthers, 
Rowan Co., 1958-63; Cold Water-St. Martin, Cabar- 
rus Co., 1963-. 

KYLES, LEWIS LEE, born Nov. 2, 1932, in Rowan Co. Parents: The Rev. Charles 
Fay and Mary Ida (Fink) Kyles. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Barbara Ann Dobson, Marion, June 24, 1962. Ordained 
1957 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Ind. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, 
Milan, Ind., 1957-58; in N. C: Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1958-63; Mt. Her- 
mon, Cabarrus Co., 1963. Left pastorate for youth work, Charlotte Y.M.C.A., 1963, 
thus demitting the ministry. 

LACKEY, JACOB LAFAYETTE, born May 9, 1916, in Cleveland Co. Parents: 
Rufus Lafayette and Josephine (Oats) Lackey. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1944; Columbia Univ., M.A. 1953. Married Helen Lucille 
Safrit, Cabarrus Co., June 4, 1944. Children: Miriam Angela, Gloria Ann. Ordained 
1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Zion-Luthers-New Bethel, Richfield, 
1944-47; Mt. Hermon (first full-time pastor), Cabarrus Co., 1947-49; St. Timothy, 
Catawba Co., 1949-54; mission developer, later pastor, Christ, Charlotte, 1954—. 
Member, Board of N. C. Lutheran Homes, 1963—. Member, Parish Education Com- 
mittee, 1963—. Secretary of the Southern District, 1964—. 

LANGE, MELVIN S., born June 22, 1911, at Denver, Colo. Parents: Didrik and 
Martha (Villa) Lange. Educated: Akron (Ohio) Univ., Wittenberg Univ., A.B. 1934; 
Hamma Div. Sch., B.D. 1937. Clinical training, Augustana Hospital, Chicago, 111. 
Received D.D. degree 1951. Married Helen Knight, Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 17, 1937. 
Children: Beth Ellen, Paul Melvin. Ordained 1937 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: 
In Ohio: Redeemer, Parma, 1937-39; mission developer, Board of American Missions, 
Upper Arlington, 1939-41; in Va.: Christ, Staunton, 1941-53; in N. C: Holy Trinity, 
Hickory, 1953-58. Transferred 1958 to Va. Synod; Resurrection, Arlington, 1958-. 

LASLEY, JOHN KERR, born Nov. 15, 1913, at China Grove. Parents: William 
Blair and Pauline (Thorn) Lasley. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1935, D.D. 
1965; Southern Sem., B.D. 1938. Married Helen Lee Misenheimer, Richfield, June 
7, 1938. Children: Jackie Lee, Frances Thorn. Ordained 1938 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mission developer, later pastor, Good Shepherd, Goldsboro, 1938- 
45; St. John, Statesville, 1945-. Member, Board of N. C. Lutheran Homes, 1961-. 
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LAUGHLIN, ARTHUR JAMES, JR., born Nov. 23, 1928, at Zanesville, Ohio. 
Parents: Arthur James and Louella Gaile (Denny) Laughlin. Educated: Capital Univ., 
B.M., Ch. Mus. Maj. 1950; Hamma Div. Sch., B.D. 1953. Married Mary Elizabeth 
Caldwell, Columbus, Ohio, July 14, 1951. Children: James Stephen, Jeffrey Lee, 
Heather Colleen. Ordained 1953 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: St. John, Van- 
dalia, Ohio, 1952-57; in N. C.: assoc. pastor, St. Mark, Charlotte, 1958-59; Haven, 
Salisbury, 1959-64. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1964; St. Matthew, Charleston, S. C, 
1964—. Chairman, Music Comm., for 1958 (Dayton) ULCA convention. Member, 
Worship Comm., ULCA, 1960-62. Director, Lutheridge Sch. of Ch. Music, 1959-61. 
Member, Board of Lutheridge, 1963-64. Author of "Music in the Lutheran Church". 
Writer of monthly column, "The Worship Corner", in N. C. Lutheran. Assisted 
much in introducing new musical settings of liturgy of Service Book and Hymnal 
to N. C. Synod congregations. 

LEAZER, CARL WAYNE, born Jan. 3, 1932, at Salisbury. Parents: Carl E. and 
Edna (Cauble) Leazer. Educated: Murray State Coll., B.M.E. 1954; Eastman School 
of Music, M.M. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Asst. pastor and director of music, Holy Trinity, Hickory, 1961-63. 
Transferred 1963 to S. E. Synod; asst. pastor and director of music, St. Paul, Savan- 
nah, Ga., 1963-65; Ascension, Columbus, Ga., 1965—. Composer of anthem, pub- 
lished by Concordia Pub. House. Listed in "Who's Who in the South and South- 
west." 

LEFSTEAD, WALDEMAR H., born Sept. 9, 1903, at Thorsby, Ala. Parents: Ole 
Andreas and Johanna (Paulsen) Lefstead, who immigrated from Norway. Educated: 
Newberry Coll., one year, D.D. 1956; Birmingham-Southern Coll., A.B. 1923; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1927; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1927. Married Mary Mellon, Lexington, Nov. 
14, 1929. Son: Paul Mellon. Ordained 1927 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Andrew, Andrews, 1927-29; Bethel-St. Paul, Rowan Co., 1929-30; in S. C: 
St. Luke, Summerville, 1931-50; in Ala.: St. Paul, Mobile, 1950-61; Faith, Birming- 
ham, 1961-62. Assistant to president, S. E. Synod, Atlanta, Ga., 1963-. Member and 
secretary, Board of Newberry Coll., 1953-62. 

LENTZ, CALEB, born April 12, 1825, in Rowan Co., a son of Organ Church. 
Father was Henry Lentz. Married Sarah Dreher of South Carolina. Licensed 1856 
and ordained 1859 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Beth Eden, Newton, 1859, in 
list of pastors referred to as "Prof. Lentz"; New Jerusalem, Davie Co., 1863. Ministry 
was short. Directed funds appeal for Western Carolina Male Academy (later N. C. 
College), Mt. Pleasant, 1858, and was a professor there. Died Sept. 30, 1863; buried 
in Davie Co. 

LENTZ, JOHN, The only data with reference to him is found on pages 333 and 
334 in the History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina, 1803-1953, as follows: 
"St. Paul Church is located in Rowan County, five miles south of Salisbury just off 
the old Concord road. The Church was organized with seventeen members on 
March 30, 1830, by Rev. John Lentz, as a part of a union church where different 
denominations worshiped at different times." Served the church from 1830 to 1834. 
Name does not appear in list of licensed and ordained ministers found in the above- 
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LEONARD, HENRY BELK, born Feb. 18, 1920, at Hickory. Parents: Vernon O. 
and Augusta (Kyaw) Leonard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1940; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1943. Married Elizabeth Smith Bearden, Columbia, S. C, May 19, 1943. 
Children: Linda Ann, Cynthia Elizabeth. Ordained 1943 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Holy Trinity-Mt. Zion-Mt. Pleasant-Old Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1943-44; 
Friendship-Shiloh-St. John, Alexander Co., and developed Reformation, Taylorsville, 
1944-46; in Miss., 1946-50. President, Miss. Synod, 1948-50. 1965: Morning Star- 
Prince of Peace, Orkney Springs, Va. 

LESLIE, ELMER WALSTINE, born Nov. 21, 1871, in Bedford Co., Va. Parents: 
David A. and Elizabeth (Lemon) Leslie. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1905, A.M.; 
privately instructed in theology. Married Araminta Antoinette Obenshain, Botetourt 
Co., Dec. 24, 1895. Foster daughter, Mrs. Mary O. Nichols. Ordained 1898 by S. W. 
Va. Synod. Churches served: Wythe Co., Va., 1898; in N. C: St. Matthew-St. Peter, 
Rowan Co., 1898-1902; supplied Luthers, Rowan Co., 1901-02; again in Va.: Pem- 
broke, 1902-10, Harrisonburg, 1921-22, and near Salem, 1924-26; in S. C: Grace- 
Mt. Tabor, Prosperity, 1911-21; Trinity, Elloree-Pine Grove, Lone Star-St. Mark, 
Fort Motte, 1916-21; Graniteville-Aiken Parish, 1926-41, then St. James, Graniteville 
only, 1942-43. Published "History of The Lutheran Church in Botetourt County, 
Virginia" (1910). Superintendent Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1922-24. Retired 1943 
at Graniteville, S. C, where died Sept. 27, 1950, and was buried. 

LINDLER, COLIE EDGAR, born May 18, 1926, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: Virgil 
O'Neal and Anna (Miller) Lindler. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1950; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Elaine Stroke, Parr, S. C, July 31, 1953. Son: Luther 
Edgar. Ordained 1953 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: St. James, Lex- 
ington Co., 1953-55; and Silverstreet, Silverstreet, 1955-58; in N. C: St. Martin, 
Maiden, 1958-64; Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1964-. Published articles in S. C. Farm 
Paper. Writer of sermons for the Rowan Times-Herald, China Grove. 

LINDLER, HORACE J. C, born Sept. 15, 1909, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: Charlie 
F. and Bessie Ida Lindler. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., 
1945, also graduate work, 1956-63. Married Mary Eve Shealy, Chapin, S. C, Oct. 
20, 1934. Children: James Monroe, Beverly Lavenia, Mary Judith. Ordained 1945 
by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: In Ga.: Ebenezer Parish, Effingham Co., 1945- 
48 and 1960-63; in S. C: Kendall Parish, Newberry Co., 1948-54; Zion, Lexington 
Co., 1954-60; and Christ, Columbia, 1963-65; in N. C: St. Matthew, Rowan Co., 
1965-. 

LINDLER, JOHN DAVID, born Dec. 17, 1924, at Little Mountain, S. C. Parents: 
Daniel Evans and Carrie Lucile (Eargle) Lindler. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 1952; graduate study, 1955-60, courses for S.T.M. com- 
pleted. Married Gwendolyn Chapman, Peak, S. C, June 11, 1956. Son: David Frank- 
lin. Ordained 1952 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Hendersonville, 1952- 
54; Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus Co., 1954-63; St. James, Catawba Co., 1963-. 

LINEBERGER, CORLEY ROOSEVELT, born Jan. 4, 1919, at Detroit, Mich. 
Parents: The Rev. Fred L. and Mava (Corley) Lineberger. Father was long pastor of 
Mo. Synod Church in Wilson; two brothers, Henry F. and Robert B., also became 
ministers of N. C. Synod. Educated: Concordia Coll., and Atlantic Christian Coll., 
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Italy, Aug. 1, 1945, while in U. S. Army service in Italy during World War II. 
Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Martin, Maiden, 1951-54; 
Grace, Hendersonville, 1954-57; Kure Memorial, Kure Beach, 1957-60. 1965: Im- 
manuel (Va. Synod), Bluefield, W. Va. 

LINEBERGER, ERNEST ROBINSON, SR., born 
Jan. 12, 1892, in Gaston Co. Parents: John Sylvanus 
and Laura C. (Wallace) Lineberger. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1922; Southern Sem., B.D. 1925; 
Univ. S. C, M.A. 1925. Married Irene Victoria Buck- 
man, Newport News, Va., May 23, 1925. Children: 
The Rev. Ernest Robinson, Jr., Ruth May. Ordained 
1925 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Mark, 
Asheville, 1925-36; St. James-Ebenezer, Catawba Co., 
1936-47; Christ, East Spencer, 1948-51; mission de- 
veloper, later pastor, St. Mark, Lumberton, 1951-62. 
Retired 1962 at Lumberton. Member, Board of Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., 1953-56. 

LINEBERGER, ERNEST ROBINSON, JR., born April 4, 1926, at Asheville. 
Parents: The Rev. Ernest Robinson and Irene Victoria (Buckman) Lineberger. Edu- 
cated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll. (course interrupted by two years service in U. S. N.), 
A.B. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1950; graduate study, Univ. S. C, Harvard Univ. 
Married Sarah S. Ridenhour, Kannapolis, daughter of the Rev. M. L. Ridenhour, 
Aug. 17, 1948. Children: Mary Christian (died at birth), Vicki Irene, Katherine Ruth, 
Sara Lynn, Ernest Robinson, III. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Trinity, Rocky Mount, 1950-51. Chaplain, U. S. Navy, since 1951. Transferred to 
S. W. Pac. Synod, 1963. 

LINEBERGER, EVERETTE LEWIS, born Feb. 16, 1929, in Gaston Co. Parents: 
Graham L. and Sarah Ann (Lewis) Lineberger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1954; S.T.M. 1962. Married Elizabeth Ann Dry, Albe- 
marle, Aug. 16, 1953. Children: Deborah Ann, Stephen Lewis, John David. Or- 
dained 1954 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to S. C. Synod. Churches served in 
S. C: Grace, Rock Hill; Redeemer, Charleston; and St. John, Spartanburg, since 
1954. 

LINEBERGER, HENRY FORD, born Dec. 10, 1916, at Detroit, Mich. Parents: 
The Rev. Fred L. and Mava (Corley) Lineberger. Educated: At following Mo. Synod 
institutions in college and seminary courses: Concordia Coll., Conover; Concordia 
Coll., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Coll., Springfield, 111.; also Univ. S. C, but 
received no degree; Southern Sem., 1 year, 1944-45. Married Phyllis Guren of Minn., 
at Wilson, Sept. 17, 1943. Children: Henry Andrew, Gerald Wayne, Philip Stephen, 
David Wade. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke-Morning 
Star, Monroe, 1945-49; Prosperity, Cabarrus Co., 1949-52; Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 
1952-53; Lebanon-Silver Valley, Davidson Co., 1955-57. A handicapping disability 
necessitated his leaving the parish ministry, and the consequent removing of his 
name from the clerical roll. Two younger brothers are the Revs. Corley R. and 
Robert B. Lineberger. He resides in Lexington. His father was long pastor of the 
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LINEBERGER, ROBERT BROWN, born July 18, 1930, at Columbia, S. C. 
Parents: The Rev. Fred L. and Mava (Corley) Lineberger. Father was long pastor 
of the Mo. Synod church at Wilson. Two older brothers Henry F. and Corley R., 
were once N. C. Synod pastors. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1955; also graduate study. Married Catherine L. Steele, Gibsonville, Aug. 
17, 1952. Children: Lela Catherine, Sara Elizabeth, Peter Robert. Ordained 1955 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1955-58; assistant 
pastor, St. John, Salisbury, 1958-62. Transferred 1962 to Va. Synod, serving St. Paul, 
Hampton, Va. 

LINGLE, FLOYD BOST, born Aug. 13, 1890, in Rowan Co. Parents: Littleton 
William and Margaret Ellen Elizabeth (Bost) Lingle. Educated: M. P. C. I., New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1915; Southern Sem., 1918. Married Annie Elizabeth Cooper, China 
Grove, sister of the Revs. E. C, G. H., and L. G. Cooper, Sept. 15, 1921. Daughter: 
Jane Elizabeth. Ordained 1918 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Calvary-Christ, 
Spencer, 1918-31; St. Paul, Strasburg, Va., 1931-49. Died July 23, 1949; buried in 
Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury. 

LINGLE, GEORGE HENRY LEWIS, born June 
4, 1878, in Rowan Co. Parents: L. R. and Polly (Peel- 
er) Lingle. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1901; Southern 
Sem., 1904. Married Hama Kime, Liberty, May 
1905. Children: W. Rudolph, Elizabeth (married the 
Rev. M. R. Farris), the Rev. George W., John M. 
Ordained 1904 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville, 1904-06; St. Luke, Pil- 
grim, Davidson Co., 1906-10; Reformation, Davie 
Co., 1907-09; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 
1910-14; Haven, Salisbury, 1914-22; St. Mark, 
Mooresville, 1922-27; Zion-Bethlehem-New Jerusa- 
lem, Catawba Co., 1927-31; St. Paul-Bethel, Rowan 
Co., 1931-39; Bethel only, 1939-50. Retired 1950 at 
Salisbury. Supplied churches in Rowan and other 
counties, 1950-54, for 3 to 6 mos. periods. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1915-21. Member, 
Joint Comm. for Merger of N. C. & Tenn. Synods, and Comm. on Arrangements for 
Merger Meeting, 1921. Member, Boards of N. C. Coll., and M. P. C. I. Member and 
secretary, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll. Died Jan. 11, 1962; buried at Christiana 
Church, Granite Quarry. 

LINGLE, GEORGE WOODLEY, born Feb. 15, 1915, in Rowan Co. Parents: The 
Rev. G. H. L. and C. Hama (Kime) Lingle. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1936; Southern Sem., B.D. 1939. Married Charlotte B. Bame, Newport News, Va., 
daughter of the Rev. P. J. Bame, May 23, 1939. Children: George Woodley, Jr., 
John Paul, William Rudolph, Charlotte Virginia, Angela Vallie, Robert Louis. Or- 
dained 1939 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. James, Fayetteville, 1939-45; 
Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1945-64. Transferred to Fla. Synod, serving St. Mark, Jack- 
sonville, Fla., 1964-. In N. C. Synod: Member, Exec. Comm., 1953-58; Boards of 
N. C. Lutheran Homes, 1960-63, and Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1962-64; Church House 
Bldg. Comm.; and "Little JCLU", 1962-63. Chaplain, Constituting Convention, 
N. C. Synod of LCA, 1962; dean, Southwestern Dist, 1962-64. 




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LINK, ADAM S., was a native of Ohio. Licensed 1837 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: None in N. C. Preached in Va., about two years. Name removed from roll in 
1839, when affiliated with Jt. Synod of Ohio. Moved to Ohio, and preached for 
some 20 years. Died March 30, 1862; buried in Ohio. 



LINK, JOHN WILLIAM, born Feb. 10, 1882, at 
Darke, W. Va. Parents: William Harmon and Martha 
Rebecca (Daniels) Link. Educated: Shepherd Coll., 
graduated 1904; Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1907; Philadel- 
phia Sem., 1910. Married Helen Elizabeth Link, 
Uvilla, W. Va., June 10, 1913. Children: John Wil- 
liam, Jr., Elizabeth Melvin, Arthur Stanley, Elinor 
Louise. Ordained 1910 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Tenn. and Va., 1910-18. Camp pastor, 
Camp Sevier, S. C, and Camp Lee, Va., 1918-19. 
Churches again in Va., 1919-27; in N. C: Holy Trin- 
ity, Mt. Pleasant, 1927-47; Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus Co., 
1933-47. Retired 1947 at Shepherdstown, W. Va. 




LINN, CHARLES ADOLPHUS, born Oct. 27, 
1890, at Mt. Pleasant. Parents: The Rev. Josephus 
Adolphus and Mary Cordelia (Miller) Linn. Brothers 
in the Lutheran ministry are the Revs. John K. and J. 
Arthur Linn. Educated: M. P. C. I., Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1915; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1918; Hartford 
Sem., S.T.M., 1924, and Ph.D.; Newberry Coll., D.D. 
degree. Married Jennie Holmes Snider, Salisbury, 
June 12, 1919. Daughter: Jennie Holmes. Ordained 
1918 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: Wildwood, 
N. J., 1918-20; Macon, Ga., 1920-22; In N. C: Holy 
Trinity-Mt. Gilead, Mt. Pleasant, 1922-23; and St. 
John, Cherryville, 1924-27; Ascension, Savannah, Ga., 
1927-47. President of Ga.-Ala. Synod, several terms; 
and first full-time president, 1947-50. Chairman, 
ULCA, Comm. on Church Papers, 1935-50. Vice-chairman, Board of Lutheridge, 
1947-50. Did research and on the spot study of Saltzburger Settlement on Savannah 
River in Georgia. Author of "The History of the German Friendly Society of Savan- 
nah, Ga., 1837-1937." Died Sept. 11, 1950, at Atlanta, Ga.; buried at Salisbury. 




LINN, HUBERT CONRAD, born May 19, 1924, in Tokyo, Japan. Parents: The 
Rev. Justin Arthur and Mabel Kinder (DeMent) Linn. A grandson of the Rev. Jose- 
phus Adolphus Linn. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1948; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1951. Married Phyllis Irene Boddiger, Polo, 111., Oct. 27, 1951. Children: James 
Andrew, Deborah Irene, Martin Arthur, John Charles. Ordained 1951 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Holy Trinity-Mt. Pleasant-Mt. Zion-Old Mt. Pleasant, 
Watauga Co., 1951-53; Advent, Spindale, 1953-56. Transferred 1956 to Miss. Synod; 
St. John-Beth Eden, Louisville, Miss., 1956-59; asst. pastor, Messiah, Philadelphia, 
Pa., 1960-64; Living Word, Roslyn, Pa., 1964-. 



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LINN, JOHN KENNETH, born April 29, 1889, at 
Mt. Pleasant. Parents: The Rev. Joseph Adolphus 
and Mary Cordelia (Miller) Linn. Older brother of 
the Revs. C. A. and J. Arthur Linn. Educated: N. C. 
Coll., prep, dept., 1 year, M. P. C. I., 3 mos., Roa- 
noke Coll, A.B. 1911; Philadelphia Sem, 1915; 
graduate study, Kennedy School of Missions (Hart- 
ford Sem. Foundation), Yale Univ. Divinity School, 
1926-27. Married Lucy Laurie Ligon, Pomaria, S. C, 
daughter of the Rev. Richard C. Ligon (Presb.). 
A' jfr Children: Mary Louise (died in 3rd year), John Ken- 

■ ^^^^^^K neth, Jr., Marion Ligon. Ordained 1915 by Min. of 

■HHfr ^^^^^^ W^lk^ ' >;l - Churches served and other positions: General 

?» flj H| Council missionary in Japan, L915-18; ULCA mis- 

" sionary in Japan, 1918-40: Tokyo, Toyohashi, and 

Saga, 1915-22; professor (N.T, at times O.T, also), Japan Lutheran Sem, Kumamoto, 
later Tokyo, 1922-40; resident supply, Trinity, Greenville, S. C, 1941-42; professor 
(N.T, at first also O.T.), Southern Sem, 1942-52; Grace, Liberty, 1952-56. Retired 
1956 at Hyattsville, Md, later moved to Columbia, S. C. Secretary, Japan Lutheran 
Mission, and English secretary, Japan Lutheran Church, many years. Acting presi- 
dent, Japan Lutheran Seminary, two one-year terms. Secretary, Faculty of Southern 
Sem, 1943-52. 





LINN, JOSEPH A. (ADAM?), born May 28, 1820, 
in Rowan Co. Referred to as J. A. Linn, Sr., in 1953 
History. Parents: Samuel G. and Elizabeth Linn. 
Educated at Lexington (S. C.) Classical and Theolog- 
ical Inst, (forerunner of Newberry Coll. and Southern 
Sem.), and Gettysburg Sem. Married first a Miss 
Shuler from South Carolina: Son: John. Second mar- 
riage to Margaret Ann Bernhardt, Cabarrus Co. Son: 
The Rev. josephus Adolphus Linn (in 1953 History, 
J. A. Linn, Jr.). The Revs. J. K, C. A, and J. Arthur 
Linn are grandsons, and the Rev. H. C. Linn is a 
great-grandson. Licensed 1844 and ordained 1845 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: In Rowan Co.: St. 
Matthew, 1844-64; St. Paul, 1845-55; Luthers, 1846- 
52, 1856-63; and St. Peter, 1853-55; in Cabarrus Co.: 



St. Stephen, 1856-63; in Iredell Co.: St. Paul, supply, 1860. N. C. Synod president 3 
one-year terms, 1851-58; and four terms as secretary, 1847-62. In his president's 
1852 report urged establishing of a High School of collegiate character, resulting in 
founding of Western Carolina Male Academy in 1855 at Mt. Pleasant, which became 
N. C. College in 1859. Member, Comm. on Church Relations, 1861. While returning 
from a church service March 13, 1864, on horseback was thrown and suffered skull 
fracture, which resulted in his death three days later on March 16, 1864; buried at 
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LINN, JOSEPHUS ADOLPHUS (J. A. Linn, Jr., 
in 1953 History), born Jan. 22, 1853, in Rowan Co. 
Parents: The Rev. Joseph A. and Margaret Ann 
(Bernhardt) Linn. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1874; 
Philadelphia Sem. 1877. Married first Alice F. Nuna- 
maker. Children: Myron Oscar, Marie Lucille, Mar- 
garet Alice, Joseph (died in third month; mother died 
13 days after his birth, 1887). Second marriage to 
Mary Cordelia Miller, Rowan Co., sister of the Rev. 
C. B. Miller, July 1888. Children: The Revs. John 
Kenneth, Charles Adolphus, and Justin Arthur, and 
Hubert Miller, who also planned to be a minister, 
but drowned 1922 just after graduating from Gettys- 
burg Coll. A grandson is the Rev. H. C. Linn. Or- 
dained 1877 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Matthew-St. Peter-Luthers, Rowan Co., 1877-80; Beth Eden, Newton, 1881-83; First, 
Albemarle, 1887-88, supply 1890; Versailles, Ohio, 1893-98; Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleas- 
ant-New Bethel-Mt. Zion, Stanly Co., 1898-1902; Greeneville, Tenn., 1903-05; St. 
Peter, Rowan Co., 1907-09; organized St. James, Rockwell, 1907-11; Christiana- 
Wittenberg, Granite Quarry, 1909-11; Pomaria, S. C, 1912-14; Luthers, Rowan Co.- 
New Bethel-Mt. Zion, Stanly Co., 1914-15. President, N. C. Synod, 1884-85; secre- 
tary, 1880-81, 1883-84. Principal, Mont Amoena Sem., 1885-91. Died March 25, 
1923; buried at Mt. Pleasant. 

LINN, JUSTIN ARTHUR, born Oct. 27, 1893, at 
Versailles, Ohio. Parents: The Rev. Josephus Adol- 
phus and Mary Cordelia (Miller) Linn. Younger broth- 
er of the Revs. J. K. and C. A. Linn. Educated: Roa- 
noke Coll., A.B. 1917; served in U. S. Marine Corps 
in World War I, and was wounded; Philadelphia 
Sem., B.D. 1922. Married Mabel Kinder DeMent, 
at Rockwell, Aug. 16, 1922. Son: The Rev. Hubert 
Conrad. Ordained 1922 by Min. of Pa. Churches 
served: ULCA missionary in Japan (Tokyo and Moji), 
1922-33; in N. C: St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1935-38; 
Grace, Hendersonville, 1938-46; Mt. Olive, Hickory, 

1946- 52: Lakeland, Fla., 1952-56, and Oglethorpe, 
Ga, 1956-58. Retired 1959 at Hickory. Transferred 
back to N. C. Synod, 1960. Treasurer, Japan Lutheran 
Mission and Japan Lutheran Church, 1931-33. Member, Board of Southern Sem., 

1947- 52. Secretary, N. C. Synod's CHEY Appeal, and Hickory district chairman, 
1950-51. Supplies vacant churches. Chaplain, N. C. Lutheran Home, Hickory. 





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LIPPARD, ALBERT WIKE, born April 11, 1898, 
at Statesville. Parents: Albert Henry and Maggie 
(Kimball) Lippard. An older brother was the Rev. 
Carl O. Lippard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1926, D.D. 1961; Southern Sem, B.D. 1929. Married 
Dorothea Quante, Savannah, Ga., 1935. Children: 
Margaret Helen, Albert Henry. Ordained 1929 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Henderson- 
ville, 1929-37; St. Martin, Maiden-Luthers-Salem, 
Catawba Co., 1938-42; Calvary, Morganton, 1942-49. 
Chaplain, Broughton State Hospital, Morganton, 
1949-64, first full-time chaplain in N. C. State mental 
institutions. Member, Board of Sipe's Orchard Home 
for Boys. Member, Board of Trustees for Ministry 
o Aging and Helpless, which proposed the estab- 
lishing of N. C. Lutheran Homes; member of the board of such homes since begin- 
ning in 1961. Retired 1964 at Hickorv; regular supply, St. Matthew, near Granite 
Falls. 

LIPPARD, CARL ORESTES, born Sept. 14, 1888, in Iredell Co. Parents: Albert 
Henry and Maggie (Kimball) Lippard. A younger brother is the Rev. A. Wike Lip- 
pard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1915; Southern Sem., 1918, B.D. 1929. 
Married Lucy Emma Yoder, Catawba Co., June 30, 1920. They had no children. 
Ordained 1918 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: Virginia Heights (renamed 
Christ), Roanoke, Va., 1918-20; in N. C: Grouse Parish: St. Paul-Bethel-St. Mark- 
Bethphage, Lincoln and Gaston Cos., 1920-24; Trinity-Concordia, Landis, 1924-30; 
Philadelphia-St. John-St. Matthew, Granite Falls, 1930-32; Lutheran Chapel, Gas- 
tonia, 1932-33. Died Sept. 11, 1933, he and his wife being fatally injured in a car 
wreck in Chicago, Illinois, on their returning from the Chicago World Fair; buried 
in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

LIPPARD, CEPHAS KELLY, born April 9, 1871, 
at Statesville. Parents: Henry and Susanna (Bowman) 
Lippard. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1895, 
D.D. 1908; Chicago Sem, 1899, B.D. 1900. Married 
Mary Emma Gerberding, Chicago, 111, daughter of 
the Rev. G. H. Gerberding, and sister of the Revs. 
R. H. and W. P. Gerberding, Sept. 15, 1900. Mrs. 
Lippard died March 7, 1963, six months after their 
62nd wedding anniversary. Children: Faith (married 
the Rev. Walter Krumwiede), Lois, Violet (married 
the Rev. C. Donald Heft), Elizabeth (Lois and Eliza- 
beth predeceased their parents). Ordained 1900 by 
Tenn. Synod. Missionary in Japan of United Synod 
South, 1900-18, then of ULCA, 1918-30, 1932-39, 
serving in Omuta, Moii, Kobe, and Osaka. Pastor of 
Good Shepherd, Philadelphia, Pa, 1930-32. Retired 1941 at Philadelphia, Pa, later 
at Oaklyn, N. J. Died July 20, 1964, in 94th year; buried at Philadelphia, Pa. 

LIPPARD, LUTHER AARON, born May 9, 1924, in Rowan Co. Parents: Luther 
Alexander and Maggie Jane (Park) Lippard. Educated: Catawba Coll, A.B. 1948; 
Southern Sem, B.D. cum laude 1956. Before attending college served in U. S. A. 





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Air corps, 1943-45, 15 mos. in South Pacific as engineer gunner, 42 combat missions; 
was discharged as tech. sgt. Between college and seminary, 1948-53, worked in tex- 
tile chemistry field as laboratory technician, color matcher, and dyehouse shift fore- 
man, in Charlotte, Elberton, Ga., and Pilot Mountain. Married Doris Elizabeth 
Miller, Hickory, daughter of the Rev. Paul L. Miller, Feb. 16, 1950. Children: 
Michael Aaron, Janice Elizabeth. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Shiloh, Lewisville, 1956-58; St. Timothy, Havelock, 1958-60; Cedar Grove, Lincoln 
Co., I960-. 

LITTLE MARCUS LAFAYETTE, born Oct. 17, 
1848, in Catawba Co. Parents: Peter and Harriet 
Louisa (Smith) Little. Educated: Catawba Coll., A.B. 
1867, hon. A.M. about 1886; studied theology under 
the Rev. J. M. Smith, 1869-72. Married Candace 
Mary Almetta Herman, Newton, May 4, 1871. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. Carroll Herman (father of the Revs. 
Arthur B. and J. Frederick Little), Etta Blanche, 
Clarence Smith, the Rev. William Herbert, Mabel 
Pearl and Grace Pearl (twins), Alia Pearl, Marcus 
Leopold, Arthur Bikle, Jennie Lee, Hermine. Licensed 
1873 and ordained 1876 by Tenn. Synod. Ministry 
seemed to be as much an educational as a pastoral 
one. Churches served: In Catawba Co.: Sardis, 1872- 
82; in Lincoln Co.: Trinity, Vale, (supply also, 1873- 
76)-Bethphage, 1881-91; Daniels, 1882-83; and Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1889; in 
Watauga Co.: Mt. Pleasant, supply, 1882; in Gaston Co.: St. Mark, Crouse, 1874- 
88; first pastor of both St. John, Cherryville, and Antioch, bringing the latter 
into Tenn. Synod, 1881-91; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1883-91; organized 
College Chapel Church, Dallas, later named Holy Communion, 1885, and sup- 
plied with the Rev. L. A. Bikle, pastor at Kings Mountain, 1886-91. Educational 
positions: Head and teacher: Pleasant Hill Seminary and Hickory Tavern High 
School, Catawba Co., 1867-73; Ridge Academy and Daniels Academy, Lincoln Co., 
1873-82; and Gaston High School, Dallas, 1882-84; founder and president, Gaston 
Coll., coeduactional, Dallas, 1885-89, which then became Gaston Female Coll., with 
him as president until his death. Thus he pioneered in education for women in 
piedmont N. C. The Revs. L. A. Bikle and L. L. Lohr also taught in the colleges. 
In year before death was assisting in project of founding Lenoir Rhyne Coll., at 
Hickory out of Concordia Coll., Conover. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1879; treasurer, 
1882. Maintained an ardent concern for missions, often visiting towns in piedmont 
and western N. C, exploring possibility of planting the Lutheran Church. His very 
active and useful life was cut short at age 42, after 18 years of ministry, by death 
in a railroad wreck near Newton, while on a trip to Hickory, Feb. 16, 1891; buried 
in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

LITTLE, THOMAS SHELTON, born June 14, 1936, at Hickory. Parents: Harold 
and Nell L. (Wilkinson) Little. Grandson of the Rev. W. H. Little and great-grand- 
son of the Rev. M. L. Little. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1963. Married Elizabeth Annette Howell, East Spencer, J une 26, 1960. 
Children: Thomas Shelton, Jr., and Marian Elizabeth (Mari-Beth). Ordained 1963 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Intern, Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1961-62. Trans- 
ferred 1963 to S. E. Synod: Good Shepherd, Morristown, Tenn, 1963-64; St. Luke, 
Thunderbolt, Ga., 1964-. 




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LITTLE, WILLIAM HERBERT, bom March 15, 
1876, in Lincoln Co. Parents: The Rev. Marcus La- 
fayette and Candace A. (Herman) Little. Educated: 
Gaston Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. magna cum 
laude 1896; hon. A.M. 1900; Philadelphia Sem., 
1900; graduate study, Dallhousie Univ., Halifax, 
Nova Scotia, 1907-08; Univ. Wis., summer 1916. 
Married first Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Rudisill, Lin- 
colnton, June 3, 1903. Children: Wilbert Harold, 
Evangeline Rudisill, Marcus Lafayette, Lillian Au- 
gusta, Eranklin Herman, Second marriage to Mary 
Elvira Sheely, Columbia, S. C, April 24, 1926. Chil- 
dren: Mary Sheely, William Frederick, Arthur Her- 
bert, Carroll Curtis. Ordained 1900 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served, four and half mos., 1901: St. Mar- 



tin-Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus Co. -St. Martin, Stanly Co. From 1901 to 1918, except for 
one year leave, served in several capacities at Lenoir Rhyne Coll.: Professor (Ger- 
man, French, History, Bible); secretary of faculty, treasurer, business manager, field 
representative, 1901-15; dean, 1908-18; acting president, 1915-17. Superintendent, 
Bethany Orphans Home of Nova Scotia Synod, ULCA, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, 
1907-08. Since 1918, managing executive of savings and loan association in Hickory; 
also active in supplying pulpits, teaching Bible classes, and writing poetry. Author 
of "A Verse a Day," devotional poems on Scripture verses; and "God's Plan for 
Man," Christian doctrines in verse. 

LOADHOLDT, DONALD BRANTLEY, born June 1, 1931, at Fairfax, S. C. 
Parents: Albert M. and Lillian (Miller) Loadholdt. An older brother is the Rev. 
Earl H. Loadholdt. Educated: Newberry College., B.A. 1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1957. Married Betty Brunson, Summerton, S. C, June 14, 1957. Children: Donna E., 
William A., Catherine Ann, Mary Beth. Ordained 1957 by S. C. Synod, and trans- 
ferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holly Grove, Davidson Co., 1957-61; Kure 
Memorial, Kure Beach, 1961-63. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1963. 1965: St. John, 
Pomaria, S. C. 

LOADHOLDT, EARL H., born July 13, 1928, at Fairfax, S. C. Parents: Albert 
M. and Lillian (Miller) Loadholdt. A younger brother is the Rev. Donald B. Load- 
holdt. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 1952, also grad- 
uate study. Married Marcia Marth, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 15, 1950. Children: Paul 
Stephen, Jan Elise, Gary Alan. Ordained 1952 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In 
S. C., 1952-60. Transferred 1960 to N. C. Synod, and served Grace, Hendersonville, 
1961-62. Since 1962, Our Saviour, West Columbia, S. C. 



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LOHR, LUTHER LINDSAY, born Oct. 1, 1860, in 
Lincoln Co. Parents: Joshua and Emeline (Edmunds) 
Lohr. Educated: Gaston Coll., A.B. 1887; Gettysburg 
Sem., 1894; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1914. Thrice 
married: First to Jessie Cora Zinn, Gettysburg, Pa., 
July 15, 1891. Children: Minnie Marie, Lawrence 
Luther, Elida Emeline, George Edmund. Second 
marriage to Mrs. Mary Jane Schlegel, Williamsport, 
Pa., Dec. 28, 1907; third marriage to Lula Fritz, 
Hickory. Ordained 1891 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C, 1890-93: St. Luke and Bethphage 
in Lincoln Co.; St. John, Cherry ville, Lutheran Chap- 
el, Gastonia, and in Gaston Co., St. Mark and An- 
tioch; in Pa.: 1893-1908, at Manheim, Mahonoy City, 
and Williamsport; in N. C: Daniels, Lincoln Co.- 




Grace, Catawba Co., 1908-18, 1919-22; Organ, Rowan Co., 1918-19; Trinity-Cedar 
Grove, Vale-Sardis, Catawba Co., 1927-30; also in Va.: Raders, Timberville, 1923- 
25, and at Fairfax, S. C, 1925-27, and 1930-31. Retired 1931 at Lincolnton. In- 
structor, 1887-91, and co-principal, 1891, Gaston Coll. Secretary, Susque. Synod, 
3 years. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 10 years. Member and secretary, 
Board of Education, United Synod South, 4 years. President, Tenn. Synod, 1912-14. 
Died Aug. 24, 1937; buried at Daniels Church, Lincoln Co. 

LONG, ERNEST EDWARD, born May 28, 1932, in Catawba Co. Parents: Albert 
E. and Jeanette (Wilson) Long. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Jewel Deal, Newton, Nov. 28, 1951. Children: Gary Shan- 
non, Derek Keith. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Moriah, 
Rowan Co., 1962-64. Called by Board of World Missions, LCA, to overseas mission 
service in Liberia, Africa, 1964. He entered this field in 1965. 

LONG, G. E., ordained 1893 in Emmanuel Church, New Market, Va., by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Friendship-Salem, Alexander Co. -St. James, Lin- 
coln Co., 1893-96. Perhaps Salem Church was the one north of Taylorsville and 
St. James Church the one north of Cherryville in Lincoln Co., both of which no 
longer exist. Listed among the pastors of Friendship Church in 1953 "History of the 
Lutheran Church in North Carolina, 1803-1953", but not listed for any existing 
Salem or St. James in that area. His name was removed from the clerical roll of 
Tenn. Synod in 1897 after uniting with the Mo. Synod. Died 1936; buried at 
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LONG, IRVING ERNEST, born June 19, 1882, at 
Prosperity, S. C. Parents: Luther I. and Eva M. (Mc- 
Cullough) Long. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1907, D.D. 1930; Southern Sem., 1910. Married Er- 
line Charlotte Weinheimer, Charleston, S. C, Oct. 
19, 1910. Children: Azile Elizabeth, Russell Dalton, 
Charles Harold. Ordained 1910 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C: St. Mark, Mooresville- 
St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1911-16; Augsburg, Winston- 
Salem, 1916-20; St. Johannes, Charleston, S. C, 1920- 
57; pastor emeritus, 1957-58. Retired 1957 at Charles- 
ton, S. C. Member, Boards of M. P. C. I., 1914-18, 
of Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1930-36. N. C. Synod 
delegate to merger (1918) convention, ULCA. Died 
Sept. 11, 1958; buried at Charleston, S. C. 



LONG, JOHN JACOB, born Nov. 5, 1871, in Newberry Co., S. C. Parents: Luther 
M. and Ann (Schumpert) Long. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1895, D.D.; South- 
ern Sem., 1898. Married first Nannie Livingston, Newberry Co., (died in 1902). 
Children: Olin Bearden, the Rev. John Virgil. Second marriage to Bessie M. Blair, 
Silverstreet, S. C. Children: Ann Margaret, Sarah Mildred. Ordained 1898 by S. C. 
Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1898-1910; in N. C: St. John, Cabarrus Co., 1910- 
12; again in S. C, 1912-42, except for 1928-30 when president of Summerland Coll. 
Died July 14, 1942; buried in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S. C. 



LONGAKER, FRANK CARROLL, born Dec. 10, 
1872, at Limerick, Pa. Parents: Abraham Haldeman 
and Susanna (Carroll) Longaker. Educated: Muhlen- 
berg Coll, A.B. 1894, A.M. 1897; Hamma Div. Sch, 
' flj 1897; Univ. Pitts, 1911-13; Univ. Pa, 1923: Ph.D. 
' 31 1929. Married Ellen Espenship, May 11, 1897. Or- 
dained 1897 by Wittenberg Synod. Churches served, 
1897-1915, in Ky, Mich, Pa, and Ohio. Transferred 
1916 to Tenn. Synod from Miami Synod. Professor 
(Greek, History, Economics), Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 
1915-25. Supplied St. Martin, Iredell Co, 1917, and 
Augsburg, Winston-Salem, 1924. Transferred 1925 to 
,<jflHi Va. Synod from United N. C. Synod. Professor 
(Philosophy, Religion), Roanoke Coll, 1925-. Presi- 
dent, Miami Synod, 1901-03. Translator of "Loehe's 
Agenda" and "First Page of the Bible". Author of "Behold, the Lamb of God", "Some 
Counterfeit Religions", "Syllabus of a Course in Psychology", "A Message of the Old 
Testament", and "A Psychological Study of Martin Luther". Retired at Graterford, 
Pa, where died April 24, 1948; buried at Litchfield, 111. 




LUDWIG, RUDOLPH FRIDOLIN, born Oct. 29, 1911, at West New York, N. J. 
Parents: Rudolph J. and Anna (Truempy) Ludwig. Educated: Wagner Coll, A.B. 
1934; Philadelphia Sem, 1937. Married Grace Carol Morgan, Leesville, S. C, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. C. I. Morgan, Aug. 30, 1939. Children: Rudolf Carol, Peter Martin, 
Anna, Luther Paul, Margaret Rebekah. Ordained 1938 by N. Y. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. Y, 1938-42; in Va, 1942-52; in N. C: St. Matthew, Rowan Co, 1952- 
53. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1953. 1965: Our Saviour, Johnson City, Tenn. 



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LUTZ, CY EMMET, born July 26, 1897, at Vale. 
Parents: Silas E. and Emma M. Lutz. Educated: Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1924; Southern Sem, 1927. 
Married Ruth May Karriker, Rowan Co., June 12, 
1928. Children: William R. (dec.), Paul E., Ph.D., 
James David, Harold Wayne. Ordained 1927 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Friendship-Shiloh- 
St. John, Alexander Co., 1927-31; Zion-Bethlehem- 
New Jerusalem, Catawba Co., 1931-40; Grace, Rowan 
Co., 1940-48; Concordia, Rowan Co., 1948-54; An- 
tioch-Philadelphia, Gaston Co., 1955-64; Mt. Gilead, 
Cabarrus Co., 1964—. Directed seven building proj- 
ects in churches served. 

LUTZ, WILLIAM ALONZO, born June 10, 1850, 
at Newton. Parents: Jacob and Harriet (Mahaffey) 
Lutz. Educated: Catawba Coll., A.B. 1874; Philadel- 
phia Sem., 1877. Gaston Coll., A.M. 1882. Married 
first Mrs. Esther C. (Peeler) Stafford, who had two 
daughters, Davidson Co., Oct. 31, 1878. Second 
marriage to Mrs. Martha (Houseal) Wertz, widow of 
the Rev. J. Q. Wertz, Newberry, S. C, Sept. 19, 
1919. No children of either marriage. Ordained 1877 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Forsyth (Co.) 
Mission (Nazareth-Shiloh-Hopewell, and Bethany, 
Davidson Co.), 1877-80; St. Enoch-Trinity, Enoch- 
ville, 1880-92; organized Concordia, Rowan Co., 
1882-83; organized Augsburg, Winston-Salem, 1891, 
and served 1892-1900. Other churches served: Grace, 
Prosperity, S. C, 1902-05; St. John, Statesville, 1905-16; supplied Mt. Olive 
ory, 1905; first regular pastor, Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1916-24; St. James, 
wick, Ga., 1924-26. Retired 1926 at Charlotte, later lived at Salisbury and 
President, N. C. Synod, 1885-86. President, N. C. College, 1900-02. Died J 
1941; buried at Winston-Salem. 




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LYBRAND, ELI LOT, born June 22, 1852, in Lex- 
ington Co., S. C. Parents: Godfrey and Barbara Lu- 
cinda (Kelly) Lybrand. Educated: N. C. Coll., two 
years. With J. A. Cromer left college to save Tenn. 
Synod churches in Lexington Co., S. C, on their 
appeal, as only one pastor was active there then. 
They preached and catechized in churches, and 
studied theology under the Rev. Daniel Efird, who 
supervised their work. Studied and graduated in 
medicine; practiced among parishioners, until latter 
part of career, when he devoted full time to pastoral 
ministry. Married Charlotte Barbara Roof, Lexington 
Co., S. C, Sept. 7, 1876. Children: Jesse Carroll, 
Barbara Magnolia, Maxcy Henkel. Ordained 1878 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: Emmanuel- 
Zion-St. Peter, Lexington Co., 1878-81; St. James, Summit-Cedar Grove, 
St. Paul, Gilbert, 1881-95; with the Rev. J. A. Cromer organized and 




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Andrew, near Blythewood, 1878-80; organized and served Bethlehem, near Pelion, 
and Mt. Tabor, New Brookland (now West Columbia), and served St. Andrew again, 
1880-1918; pastor emeritus of Mt. Tabor on retiring 1919 at New Brookland, S. C, 
due to failing health after having influenza. Also a school teacher. State legislator, 
S. C. Legislature, one term, and member of S. C. State Constitutional Convention, 
1895. Died Jan. 23, 1922; buried in Mt. Tabor Church Cemetery, West Columbia, 
S. C. 

LYERLY, CALVIN C, born in Montgomery Co., 111. Parents: Solomon and Delilah 
(Williams) Lyerly. In a letter of a relative the name is spelled "Lyerla". Wife's given 
name was Lavica; they had two children, Elmer and Effie. Licensed 1881 and or- 
dained 1886 by Sou. 111. Synod. Churches served: Presumably in 111., 1881-90. Trans- 
ferred 1890 to N. C. Synod. Churches served in N. C, 1890-97: New Bethel, Stanly 
Co.; Luthers, Rowan Co.; organized and built church, Mt. Zion, Richfield, 1895-97. 
"To this day some of the older members of his churches here in North Carolina 
remember Rev. Calvin C. Lyerly. They say he walked the great distances to his 
churches to conduct the Services and to carry on the work of his churches". Trans- 
ferred 1897 back to Sou. 111. Synod. Served churches in 111. and Mo.; last charge was 
Sargent's Chapel and Sedgewickville, Sedgewickville, Mo. Retired in Texas with one 
of his children. Died 1928; buried at Sargent's Chapel Church, Sedgewickville, Mo. 

LYERLY, FRANK EDWARD, born Feb. 26, 1930, in Rowan Co. Parents: Burley 
Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Trexler) Lyerly. Educated: Catawba Coll., B.A. 1952; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Barbara Alice Brown, Prosperity, S. C, May 25, 
1955. Children: Charles Franklin, Barbara Elizabeth, Richard William. Ordained 
1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Martin, Maiden, 1955-58. Transferred 
to Fla. Synod, 1958. 1965: Mt. Pleasant, Saluda, S. C. 

LYERLY, JOHN WILFORD, born March 
31, 1915, at Granite Quarry. Parents: John 
Calvin and Mary E. (Trexler) Lyerly. Edu- 
cated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1935; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1938; graduate study 
(summers) Union and Biblical Sems., New 
York City, N. Y. Univ., and Columbia Univ., 
M.A. 1950. Unmarried. Ordained 1938 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: First full- 
time pastor, Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1938- 
44; Messiah, Salisbury, 1944-56; mission de- 
veloper, later pastor, Christ, Winston-Salem, 
1956-63, bringing each church through 
double building projects to self-support. 
Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1953-63; member, 
Board of Lowman Home, 1952-53, and of 
Historical Work Comm., 1963-. First full- 
time secretary, N. C. Synod, LCA, 1963-, 
and ex officio member of Exec. Board, and 
synodical statistician, archivist, necrologist, 
news bureau director, assistant in home mis- 
sions, and Church House custodian. Dele- 
gate to ULCA and LCA conventions, 1954-66, except in 1956. Protestant Hour 
preacher (ULCA series), 1954. Booklets published: "In the School of Suffering", 
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LYERLY, QUINCY OSCAR, born Feb. 13, 1893, 
in Rowan Co. Parents: John Albert and Augusta 
Elizabeth (Wyatt) Lyerly. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1917; served in A.E.F. in World War I. Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1925; graduate study, Univ. S. C. Mar- 
ried first Berta Silvesta Bradford, Iredell Co., May 
25, 1926. Children: William Voigt, James Albert, 
David Mark. Second marriage to Lola Margaret Park, 
Rowan Co., July 5, 1958. Children: Roger Franklin, 
Rose Elizabeth. Ordained 1925 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mt. Hermon-Sharon, Iredell Co., 
1925-28; Grace-Richland, Liberty, 1928-36; one of 
several pastors to preach occasionally at Alamance 
before organization of church; Holy Trinity, Trout- 
man, 1936-40; Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co., 1940-52. 
Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1952-56; mission developer, later pastor, Prince of Peace, 
Rowan Co., 1956-60. Retired 1961, near Salisbury. Member, Boards of Lowman 
Home, 1947-49, 1951-52, 1955-59, and of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1952-55. 

MacLAUGHLIN, CHARLES PETER, born in 1870, in Allegheny Co., Pa. Parents: 
The Rev. Alexander and Emma Sara (Fox) MacLaughlin. Father was born in County 
Kent, Ireland. Educated: Susquehanna Univ., A.B. 1898, D.D. 1909; Gettysburg 
Sem., 1901. Married Annie Phillips, born in Carmarthen, Wales, at Selinsgrove, Pa., 
Jan. 30, 1901. Children: Mary Emma, Dorothy Ruth (died in infancy), Charles Phil- 
lips, Alexander Henry. Ordained 1901 by 111. Synod. Churches served: In 111. and 
Pa., 1901-10; in N. C: St. James, Concord, 1910-16; organized and supervised 
student supply, Calvary, Concord, 1913-14; supplied Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 
1914-16. Transferred to Pitts. Synod, serving First, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1916-21; Re- 
deemer, Atlanta, Ga., 1924-28. Compiler of a Good Friday (three hour) Service long 
used by St. James, Concord. Died Nov. 13, 1928; buried at Atlanta, Ga. 

MANSFIELD, M. JAMES, born Dec. 4, 1939, at Omaha, Neb. Parents: Milton 
James and Cleola M. (Dawson) Mansfield. Educated: Creighton Univ., two years, 
Gustavus Adolphus Coll., two years, A.B. 1961; Chicago Luth. Sch. of Theol. (Rock 
Island Campus), B.D. 1965. Ordained 1965 by Neb. Synod and transferred to N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: St. Timothy, Havelock-Shepherd of the Sea Mission, At- 
lantic Beach, 1965—. Atlantic Beach mission has a seminarian to serve as vicar in 
summer months. 

MARCARD, ADAM NICHOLAS, married Mary Elizabeth Coleman. One son, 
Jacob is of record, born Nov. 21, 1799, in Cabarrus Co. Churches served in N. C: 
St. John-Cold Water-St. Martin, Cabarrus Co.-Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1797- 
1800. Kept a diary in German of his ministry with record of ministerial acts. Mr. 
B. W. Cruse of Concord possesses an English translation of that diary. Buried in 
Lexington Dist, S. C. 

MARKERT, JOHN LUDWIG, born in Ohio. Licensed 1804 and ordained 1808 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Becks-Bethany-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co.- 
Dutchman's Creek, Davie Co., 1805-16; Friedens-Lows, Guilford Co.-St. Paul, Ala- 
mance Co.-Richland, Randolph Co., 1805-10. First Missionary of N. C. Synod to 
Ohio, Ind., and 111., and after 1829 of Tenn. Synod, remaining in that area to aid 
pastors and churches in pioneer period of Lutheran Church. An organizer and first 
president of Ind. Synod, 1848. Third secretary, N. C. Synod, 1809. Died Nov. 22, 




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1850; buried at Portland Mills, Ind. "Probably the first clergyman to visit St. Johns 
(in Union Co., 111.) was the Rev. John Lewis Markert, then a member of the North 
Carolina Synod. It was probably he who directed its organization, for he visited the 
colonies north of the Ohio in 1816, and also in 1819, following a heart-affecting 
memorial to the North Carolina Synod pleading for ministers." (Notice that "Lewis" 
was used instead of "Ludwig" as his middle name.) 



MARTIN, CLAUDE JACKSON, born June 21, 1927, in Carroll Co., Va. Parents: 
William and Fanny Emaline Martin. Educated: Roanoke Coll., B.A. 1949; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Shirley Lorraine Ellinger, Norfolk, Va., July 4, 1954. Chil- 
dren: William Joseph, Mary Lynn. Ordained 1953 by Va. Synod. Churches served: 
St. John, Norfolk, Va., 1953-60; in N. C: Bethany, Kannapolis, 1960-64. 1965: 
Muhlenberg, Harrisonburg, Va. 

MARZ, WALTER GEORGE, born June 11, 1928, at Derita. Parents: Ferdinand 
Henry (known as Fred) and Emma (Schroeder) Marz. Educated: N. C. State Univ., 
1 year, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1952. Married Gret- 
chen Grau, Sept. 13, 1955. Ordained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: His 
home church, as assistant to Dr. W. B. Freed, St. Mark, Charlotte, 1952-54; also 
assistant to Dr. Freed, Luther Place Memorial, Washington, D. C, 1954-56, and 
pastor to Lutheran students at George Washington Univ.; Christ the King, Daytona 
Beach, Fla., 1956-. 

MATTHIAS, HENRY JULIAN, born Oct. 3, 1871, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
David Joseph and Margaret Catherine (Kleckley) Matthias. Educated: Concordia 
Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 2 years, Newberry Coll., A.B. 1895; Southern Sem., 1898. 
Married Minnie Bell Shell, Conover, 1898. Children: Herman, Mabel, Julian, one 
other died in infancy. Ordained 1898 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 
1898-1903: St. Michael, Irmo; St. Luke, near Prosperity, and St. Andrew, Lexington 
Co.; Tenn. Synod churches in N. C: Emmanuel, Lincolnton-Salem-St. Luke, Lincoln 
Co., 1903-05. Transferred 1905 to Chicago Synod. Served churches also in Fla., 
Tenn., Ind., Wash., and Calif., last parish at San Bernardino, where he died May 19, 
1927, and is buried. U. S. Army chaplain in World War I. 

MAUNEY, JACOB LUTHER, born May 22, 1907, at Newton. Parents: The Rev. 
John David and Bessie Miller (Frantz) Mauney. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1930, 
L.H.D. 1962; Southern Sem., B.D. 1934; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D., 1948. Married 
Ruth Boger Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, Sept. 3, 1935. Children: The Rev. J. Luther, Jr., 




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MARKS, CHARLES ALEXANDER, born Oct. 2, 
1848, at Stephen City, Va. Parents: Jacob Alexander 
and Elizabeth A. (Shryock) Marks. Educated: At Roa- 
noke Coll., Southern Sem., 1878. Twice married. 
Second marriage to Mary Edith Weade, Waynesboro, 
Va., Jan. 18, 1911. Children: Charles A., Jr., Mary E. 
Licensed 1876 and ordained 1877 by S. W. Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1876-86; Grace, 
Prosperity, S. C, 1886-89; in N. C: Lutheran Chapel- 
Center Grove, Rowan Co., 1889-96; organized and 
built church, St. Mark, China Grove, 1894-96. Trans- 
ferred to Va. Synod, 1896. Retired 1920. Died Jan. 29, 
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Mary Ruth, Grace Virginia. Ordained 1934 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None 
in N. C; in Va.: Zion-St. James, Waynesboro, 1934-37; Woman's Memorial, Pulaski, 
1937-42; Ebenezer, Marion, 1942-53; Resurrection, Arlington, 1953-58. President 
(part-time), Va. Synod, 1948-58; full-time, 1958—. Member, Boards of Marion Coll., 
1943_ ? Roanoke Coll., 1957—, and Southern Sem., (at present, president); also ex 
officio of Lowman Home and Childrens Home. Member, Board of Visitors, Emory 
and Henry Coll., 1950-54. President, Va. Council of Churches, 1962-65. Younger 
brothers are the Revs. J. D. Mauney, Jr., and Marshall F. Mauney. 

MAUNEY, JACOB LUTHER, JR., born Dec. 21, 1937, at Pulaski, Va. Parents: 
The Rev. Jacob Luther and Ruth Boger (Barrier) Mauney. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Judy Nelle Patterson, China Grove, 
June 20, 1964. Ordained 1964 by Va. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Grace, Catawba Co., 1964—. Grandfather was the Rev. John David 
Mauney, and two uncles are the Revs. John D. Mauney, Jr., and Marshall F. Mauney. 

MAUNEY, JOHN DAVID, born Oct. 15, 1878, at 
Kings Mountain. Parents: Jacob S. and Margaret 
Juletta (Rudisill) Mauney. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1901, M.A. 1903; Philadelphia Sem., 1906. 
Married Bessie Miller Frantz, Salem, Va., Nov. 12, 
1901. Children: Dorothy Virginia, the Rev. Jacob 
Luther, Margaret Louise, Elizabeth Marshall, Mary 
Vera, the Rev. John David, Jr., the Rev. Marshall 
Frantz. Ordained 1906 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: Beth Eden, Newton-Zion-New 
Jerusalem, Catawba Co., 1906-09; St. Andrew-Mt. 
Olive-St. Stephen, Hickory, 1911-17, and professor 
(Bible), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1913-17; first regular 
pastor, Grace Hendersonville, 1921-28; St. Andrew 
again, Hickory, 1928-40 (educational building built 
after his death named in his memory); also, St. Paul, Columbia, S. C, 1909-11; and 
St. Matthew, Augusta, Ga., 1917-21. Retired 1940, account of failing health, at Hen- 
dersonville. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1911-13. Member, Board of Southern Sem. Died 
June 13, 1947; buried at Kings Mountain. One of those ministers, few in comparison 
with the many, whose life and ministry have been honored by all their sons fol- 
lowing them in the ministry. 

MAUNEY, JOHN DAVID, JR., born May 6, 1918, at Augusta, Ga. Parents: The 
Rev. John David and Bessie Miller (Frantz) Mauney. Older brother is the Rev. J. 
Luther Mauney and younger one the Rev. Marshall F. Mauney. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1940; Southern Sem., B.D. 1943. Married Mary Emma Cobb, 
Cherryville, daughter of the Rev. W. G. Cobb, July 1, 1939. Children: John David, 
III, William Marshall, Richard Louis (died 16 hours after birth), Margaret Carolyn. 
Ordained 1943 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1943-45; St. 
James, Fayetteville, 1945-, where he ministers to Lutheran officers and soldiers 
based at Fort Bragg. Long-time treasurer of synodical Parish Education Comm. Mem- 
ber, Lutheridge Planning Council, 1952—. 

MAUNEY, MARSHALL FRANTZ, born Dec. 8, 1920, at Augusta, Ga. Parents: 
The Rev. John David and Bessie Miller (Frantz) Mauney. Two older brothers are 
the Revs. J. Luther Mauney and J. D. Mauney, Jr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 




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A.B. 1942; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945. Married Laura Virginia Foltz, Shenandoah, 
Va., June 21, 1948. Children: Virginia Marshall, James Foltz, Robert Frantz, Carol 
Mae. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; Toms Brook 
and Lynchburg, Va.; Mt. Tabor, West Columbia, S. C. Editor, The Virginia Luth- 
eran. Member, Boards of American Miss., ULCA, Southern Sem., and Newberry 
College. 

MAYER, JACOB LeGRANDE, born April 23, 1910, at Prosperity, S. C. Parents: 
Andrew T. and Leila (Shealy) Mayer. Educated: Univ. S. C, A.B. 1932; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1935. Married Ruth Lexine Wilson, Spencer, at Columbia, S. C, July 18, 
1936. Children: Brenda Ruth, Jacob LeGrande, Jr. Ordained 1936 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Supply, St. Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 1935; in S. C: 
(1936-53) supply, St. John, Charleston, 1936; Trinity, Elloree; St. John, Clinton; 
Redeemer, Charleston; and Grace, Prosperity; in N. C: St. Luke, Charlotte, 1953—. 

McCAULEY, ERNEST ROEDEL, born June 13, 1869, at Salem, Va. Parents: 
William and Margaret Jane (Shirey) McCauley. Two brothers were the Revs. Victor 
and J. William McCauley. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1892, M.A. 1895; Gettys- 
burg Sem., 1895; Susquehanna Univ., D.D. 1908. Married first Grace Beth Ford, 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 1897. Children: William Ford, Frederick Dixon. Second 
marriage to Mrs. Annie (Meeder) Cheatham, Ridgeway, at Rocky Mount, March 7, 
1930. Licensed 1892 by S. W. Va. Synod; ordained 1895 by Allegheny Synod. 
Churches served: In Iowa, Pa., and Va., 1895-1922; general evangelistic work, 1922- 
24; in N. C: Holy Trinity, Raleigh, 1924-30; All Saints, Baltimore, Md., 1930-48, 
pastor emeritus, 1948-57. Retired 1948 at Baltimore. Member, Boards of Southern 
Sem., and Childrens Home. Member, Board of Jewish Missions, ULCA. Editor, The 
Augsburg Teacher, adult department, 8 years. Contributed "Saturday Sermons" in 
Norfolk (Va.) Ledger Dispatch. Author, brochure, "Resurrection of the Body," 
Gave lecture, "Science and the Bible," in churches and colleges. Died Nov. 7, 1957; 
buried in East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va. 




McCLANAHAN, GEORGE WALKER, 

born March 6, 1863, at Beeville, Texas. 
Parents: George Walker and Mary Doretha 
(Harris) McClanahan. Father was reared in 
Craig Co., Va., and mother in Charlotte. 
Orphaned in childhood, he, two brothers, 
and sister (Mary Virginia, who married the 
Rev. Robert C. Holland) were brought to 
Salem, Va., and reared and educated by 
their uncle, the Rev. William S. McClana- 
han, with proceeds from their father's 
estate. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1889, 
A.M. 1892, D.D. 1944; Philadelphia Sem., 

1892. Married first Eliza Ann Robertson, 
Lynchburg, Va., at Strasburg, Pa., June 

1893. Second marriage to Cedelia May Lov- 
ell, Farmersville, Texas, at Columbia, S. C, 
Nov. 24, 1915. No children of either mar- 
riage. Ordained 1892 by Min. of Pa. 
Churches served: Salem, Frankford, and 
Philadelphia, Pa., 1892-97; St. Michael, 
Strasburg, Pa., 1897-1912; in N. C: St. 



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Matthew, Wilmington, 1913-21; Friedens-Peace-Sharon, Gibsonville, 1921-31; Chris- 
tiana, Granite Quarry, 1931-38; Grace, Bessemer City, 1938-48. Retired after 56 
years of active ministry, 1948, near Salisbury. Member, Board of Childrens Home, 
1926-49. Necrologist, N. C. Synod, 1936-49. Delegate from N. C. Synod to 1918 
(merger) convention, ULCA. Author of brochure, "Bible Questions and Answers," 
(five editions). He and Mrs. McClanahan are remembered for their deep interest in 
the church's work, especially its overseas mission work; also for their almost never 
failing attendance at Synodical and auxiliary conventions even after retiring. Died 
Oct. 12, 1949; buried at East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va. 

McCOMBS, CHARLES AUGUSTUS, born Nov. 11, 1929, at Kannapolis. Parents: 
Marvin F. and Connie (Foster) McCombs. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Elizabeth Robinson, Hickory, Nov. 19, 1950. 
Children: Nora Ann, Connie Chloe, Charles Augustus, Jr. Ordained 1955 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Bethel, Rowan Co. -St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1955-59; Bethel 
only, 1959-61; St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1961-. 

McCOMBS, R. EARL, JR., born March 23, 1929, in Rowan Co. Parents: R. Earl 
and Katherine (Smith) McCombs. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Martha Ann Barnhardt, Rowan Co., June 10, 1951. Chil- 
dren: Katherine Ruth, R. Earl, III, Mary Ann. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Andrew, Concord, 1955-58; Faith, Faith, 1958-65; Epiphany, 
Winston-Salem, 1965-. 

McCULLOUGH, HENRY ANTINE, born 
Dec. 18, 1865, in Newberry Co., S. C. Par- 
ents: John and Margaret (McNeill) McCul- 
lough. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1893, 
hon. M.A., D.D.; Southern Sem., 1895; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1901. Married Lily 
Amelia Blackwelder, Mt. Pleasant, May 30, 
1899. Children: The Rev. Paul G., Miriam 
Niobe, Hazel Parham, the Rev. Henry A., 
Jr., Sarah Elizabeth, Margaret Amelia, the 
Rev. John B. Another Lutheran minister 
whose sons followed him into the ministry. 
Ordained 1895 by S. C. Synod, and trans- 
ferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Andrew-Mt. Hermon-Cold Water, Con- 
cord, 1895-98; Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 
1903-07, and same period co-principal of 
M. P. C. I.; First, Albemarle, new site 
bought and church built, 1907-11; in S. C: 
St. Matthew-Mt. Lebanon, Cameron, S. C, 
1898-1903; St. Paul, Columbia, S. C, 1911- 
45. Retired 1945 at Columbia, S. C. Secre- 
tary, N. C. Synod, 1908-11. Member and president, Board of Southern Sem. Mem- 
ber, Board of Newberry Coll. Died May 8, 1958, in 93rd year; buried in Elmwood 
Cemetery, Columbia, S. C. 




McCULLOUGH, HENRY ANTINE, JR., born March 19, 1909, at Albemarle. 
Parents: The Rev. Henry Antine and Lily Amelia (Blackwelder) McCullough. His 



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two brothers, the Revs. Paul G. and John B. McCullough, also are Lutheran min- 
isters. Educated: M. P. C. I., Newberry Coll., A.B. 1929, D.D. 1962; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1932, graduate study also, and at Chicago Sem. Married Mary Katherine John- 
ston, Marion, Va., Oct. 17, 1933. Children: William Henry, David Legarde, Kath- 
erine Elizabeth. Ordained by S. C. Synod, 1932. Churches served: Ascension, Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn., 1932-43; Ascension, Columbia, S. C, 1943-48; in N. C: Emmanuel, 
Lincolnton, 1948-59; supply, Luthers Chapel, Lincoln Co., 1948-49; Redeemer, New- 
berry, S. C, 1959—. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., and Southern Sem. 

McDANIEL, MICHAEL CONWAY DIXON, bom April 8, 1929, at Charlotte. 
Parents: John Henry and Mildred Juanita (Barrier) McDaniel. Educated: Univ. N. C, 
B.A. 1951; Hamma Divinity Sch., B.D. 1954. Married Marjorie Ruth Schneiter, Jef- 
fersontown, Ky., Nov. 26, 1953. Son: John Robert Michael. Ordained 1954 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Faith, Faith, 1954-58; Ascension, Savannah, Ga., 1958-60; 
associate director of Evangelism, ULCA Board of Social Missions until the merger in 
1962; Edgebrook, Chicago, 1962-. 

McMAKIN, MICHAEL, licensed 1817 by N. C. Synod. Soon thereafter moved to 
Tennessee. No records of his ever serving churches in N. C. and Tenn. Synods. 

McMANUS, CHARLES RAY, born Dec. 7, 1933, in Gaston Co. Parents: Charles 
E. and Irene Laura (Shoemaker) McManus. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959, graduate study also. Married Ann Elizabeth Moser, 
Winston-Salem, Dec. 22, 1957. Daughter: Elizabeth Sudonna. Ordained 1959 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1959-62; St. James, Rock- 
well, 1962-. 

McSWAIN, HAROLD L., born Feb. 17, 1939, in Stanly Co. Parents: Wyatt and 
Martha (Tucker) McSwain. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1961; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1964. Married Mary Margaret Gribble, Kannapolis, June 23, 1962. Ordained 
1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Luthers, Richfield, 1964-. 

MEDLIN, WILLIAM F., born Dec. 12, 1924. Parents: Fred and Rosa Ella (Gar- 
rett) Medlin. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1950; 
graduate study, N. Y. Univ., M.A. 1955. Married Mary K. Purser, Raleigh, Oct. 1950. 
Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; Emmanuel-New 
Haven-Zion, Blountville, Tenn., 1950-54. Left parish ministry for graduate study, 
leading to Ph.D. degree in counseling and religious education. 

MEETZE, JOHN YOST, born Dec. 2, 1756, in Hesse, Germany. One of Hessian 
troops, with many others against his will, hired to Great Britain to fight American 
colonials in Revolutionary War; deserted to American forces at siege of Charleston, 
S. C, 1780. After war settled in Lexington Dist., S. C, married, and had children. 
Descendants have been useful and prominent citizens and church members. At age 
of 46, in 1812 licensed by N. C. Synod at Lows, Guilford Co., and ordained in 1822 
by the Revs. Godfrey Dreher and Michael Rauch, by order of N. C. Synod, in Lex- 
ington Dist., S. C. In 1824 one of six N. C. Synod pastors who organized S. C. Synod. 
Churches served, 1812 to 1824, were N. C. Synod churches in S. C: St. Paul, New- 
berry Co.; Bethel (High Hill), Richland Co.; and Zion, Lexington Dist. Churches 
served, 1824 to 1833, were then of S. C. Synod: Sandy Run, Calhoun Co.; Nazareth- 
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named S. C. Synod was organized. In some churches was co-pastor with the Rev. 
Godfrey Dreher. Ministry of 21 years was short, because of late age when he began 
it. Died May 7, 1833; buried perhaps at St. Michael Church, Lexington Co., S. C, 
which was serving at death. 

MENGERT, JOHN H., born in 1813 at Bremen, Germany. Attended Univ. of 
Bonn. Married and had one son. Licensed 1836 and ordained 1839 in Germany. 
Served as missionary in India. Transferred 1859 from Ind. Synod to N. C. Synod. 
First regular pastor and built church, St. Paul, Wilmington, 1858-62. Lived one year 
at Tyro, Davidson Co., but not listed as pastor of St. Luke Church. From 1864 to 
1870 lived at Ocala and Gainesville, Fla., still a member of N. C. Synod, but no 
record of ministry in Fla. Transferred 1870 to Md. Synod from N. C. Synod. Served 
in Washington, D. C, 1873-76. Died Oct. 26, 1876; buried at Baltimore, Md. 

MERCK, JOHN FRANKLIN, born July 19, 1938, at Asheville. Parents: Horace 
Raymond and Dorothy (Melzer) Merck. An older brother is the Rev. Kenneth Horace 
Merck. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married 
Betty Funderburke, Concord, Aug. 28, 1960. Children: John David, Paul Kenneth. 
Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mission developer, Guilford Col- 
lege section, Greensboro, 1964—. 

MERCK, KENNETH HORACE, born April 24, 1933, at Jacksonville, Fla. Parents: 
Horace Raymond and Dorothy (Melzer) Merck. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1956; Southern Sem., 1 year, Northwestern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Judith Coryell, 
Indianapolis, Ind., June 9, 1956. Children: Karen Marie, Gregory Norman, Eric Ray- 
mond. Ordained 1960 by N. W. Synod. Churches served: Assistant, Redeemer, Mil- 
waukee, Wise, 1960-61; Peace, Guilford Co., 1961-62; mission developer, Nativity, 
Arden, 1962-63. Transferred 1963 to Ind. Synod. Chaplain, Ind. Univ. Med. Center, 
1963-65. Graduate study, Ind. Univ., 1965-. 

METZ, GEORGE A., educated in theology at Southern Sem., B.D. 1929. Ordained 
1929 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Campus pastor to Lutheran 
students at Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill, before organization of Holy Trinity, 1929-31. 
Demitted ministry, 1931. 

MEYER, JOHN WILLIAM, licensed 1812 by N. C. Synod, but never ordained. 
Churches served: Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1816-17; New Bethel, 
Stanly Co., 1814-17. Name removed from roll in 1817. Spent useful life teaching in 
Davidson County, in the days when there were no public schools, possibly making 
a finer contribution than he might have made in the ministry. 

MEZEZERS, VALDIS, bom Jan. 24, 1910, in Latvia; came to this country from 
Germany in 1949. Parents: Janis and Emilia Stelmachers. Educated: Gymnasium 
Jelgava, Latvia, 1936; Univ. of Riga, 1940; same, Licentiate of Theology, 1943; 
graduate study, Johns Hopkins Univ., Temple Univ., Philadelphia, S.T.M. 1961, 
also doctoral studies to 1966. Married Erika Albina, at Riga, June 23, 1940. No chil- 
dren. Ordained 1940 by Archbishop of Latvian Lutheran Church. Churches served: 
In Latvia, 1941-44; in Md.: two mission churches, Emmanuel, Stoney Creek, and 
Magothy-Chelsea Com., and evening services at the Latvian church group, Baltimore, 
1950-58; in Pa.: Latvian, Applebachsville, 1949-50; Tuckerton Parish, 1958-60; and 
St. Paul, Sassamansville, 1960-65; in N. C: Antioch, Gaston Co., 1965-. Professor 



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(Religion, History) Displaced Persons Jr. Coll., Wuerzburg, Germany, 1945-49 (under 
U. S. Mil. Government). Literary works: In Latvian: Editor, publisher, literary- 
religious monthly The Way, 1945-48, sponsored by U. S. Mil. Gov't in Germany; 
several hymns in Latvian Church Hymnal; three plays— "The Hour of Sunrise," 
"When the Apple Tree Was Blooming," and "The People of the Farm"; two volumes 
of poems; in English: sermons, "God and Man", 1956; sermons and meditations, 
"The Great Light", 1957; "Jesus' Concept of Wealth and Poverty", 1961 (Temple 
Univ.); dissertation, "The Herrnhuterian Pietism in the Baltic". Writing a new book 
of sermons, and a literary work, "The Diary of a Disciple". 

MICHAEL, DANIEL WILLIAM, bom Dec. 18, 1857, in Davidson Co. Parents: 
Jacob and Rebecca (Long) Michael. Educated: Trinity Coll. (forerunner of Duke 
Univ.) A.B.; Southern Sem.; studied law one year at Univ. N. C, was admitted to 
the bar, and practiced some years. Married first Laura Gorsett (died 1894). Children: 
Eddy, Ney, Ralph, Willie Kate, Fred, Helen Blanche. Second marriage to Lena 
Troutman, 1895 (died a few months later). Third marriage to Maude L. Brill, Inter- 
mont, W. Va., Dec. 23, 1896. Children: May, Lois, Daniel W., Jr., Grace Elaine, 
Vida Ruth. Ordained 1887 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Pilgrim-St. Luke, 
Davidson Co., 1887-91; Amity, Iredell Co., 1890-94; St. Michael, Troutman-St. Paul, 
Iredell Co., 1891-95. Transferred 1895 to Va. Synod. From 1895 to 1921 served at 
Wardensville, W. Va., Donegal, Pa., Duluth, Minn., Pleasant Unity and Scottdale, 
Pa., Aurora and Chicago, 111., Myersdale, Pa., and Tacoma, Wash., where he was 
serving at death on Dec. 12, 1921; buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Wis. 

MICHAEL, DON MALCOLM, born Sept. 16, 1925, in Davidson Co. Parents: 
James Archie and Thelma (Fritts) Michael. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1946; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1949; graduate study, Harvard Divinity Sch., 1958-59. Married 
Helen Frances Waggoner, Salisbury, Aug. 21, 1948. Children: Don M., Jr., Julia 
Lynn. Ordained 1949 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Zion, Catawba Co., 1949-51. 
Since March 17, 1951, chaplain in U. S. Navy. 

MILHOLLAND, WILLIAM FRANKLIN, born Aug. 21, 1929, in Iredell Co. 
Parents: Ira Franklin and Mabel P. (Stikeleather) Milholland. Educated: Catawba 
Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Mary Anne Beaver, Salisbury, 
March 20, 1952. Children: William F., Jr., David Clifford, Paul Benjamin. Ordained 
1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Macedonia, Burlington, 1958-61; Christ, 
Roanoke, Va., 1961-. 

MILLER, ADAM, SR., uncle, not father of Adam Miller, Jr., born April 18, 1760, 
in York Co., Pa. Felt called to ministry, because of dearth of pastors in East Tenn., 
and at age 53 preached first sermon. Licensed 1815 by N. C. Synod, and ordained 
1820, at age 60, at organizing convention of Tenn. Synod. Churches served: With 
the Rev. David Henkel, St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1821; Immanuel, near Blountville, 
Tenn., 1818-44; Millers and Zion, Knox Co., Tenn.; also in McMinn Co., Tenn., and 
Washington Co., Va. Preached last sermon in Poor Valley Church, Washington Co., 
Va., six days before death, caused by violent attack of scarlet fever. Secretary, Tenn. 
Synod, 1822-23. Died July 6, 1844; buried at Poor Valley Church, Washington Co., 
Va. 

MILLER, ADAM, JR., son of John Miller and nephew of Adam Miller, Sr., born 
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S. Gerard and Frances (died at 16 years). Second marriage to Susan Carpenter, 1857. 
Two children: Gertrude and Candace. Ordained deacon 1825 and pastor 1826 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: fifteen in N. C, 1831-46, most from six to 10 years; 
in Catawba Co.— Grace, St. John, St. Paul, and St. Stephen; in Lincoln Co.— Daniels, 
Emmanuel, St. Luke, St. Paul, and Trinity; in Gaston Co.— Antioch and Bethel; in 
Mecklenburg Co.— Morning Star; in Rowan Co.— Mt. Moriah; in Alexander Co.— 
Friendship; and in Stanly Co.— St. Martin. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1835. Withdrew 
from Tenn. Synod Oct. 1846 with others in project to organize The Reorganized 
Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod. Effort was abortive. Petitions for his rein- 
statement from St. James, Greene Co., Tenn., and Salem, Cocke Co., Tenn., were sub- 
mitted to 1847 convention of Tenn. Synod and considered, but the synod declined 
request. Later joined Joint Synod of Ohio. Died Feb. 13, 1868; buried in St. Paul 
Cemetery, near Newton. 

MILLER, CALVIN LUTHER, born April 
30, 1870, at Rockwell. Parents: Crawford A. 
and Mary M. (Peck) Miller. Educated: Roa- 
noke Coll., A.B. 1895, A.M. 1897; Chicago 
Sem., B.D. 1901; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 
1924. Married Martha Lee Pharr, Concord, 
Sept. 21, 1898. Children: Calvin Luther, Jr., 
Mary B., Steven Franklin, Martha Alex- 
ander. Ordained 1898 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Becks-Holly Grove-Em- 
manuel-Lebanon - Pilgrim - New Jerusalem, 
Davidson Co., 1898-1903; Haven, Salis- 
bury-Christ, East Spencer, 1903-05; orga- 
nized and served, New Jerusalem, Catawba 
Co., 1905-06; St. Andrew -Mt. Olive - St. 
Stephen, Hickory. Professor (Bible), Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., 1905-10; and financial agent, 
1910-12, raising funds to equip a dormitory, 
build Yoder Science Hall, and begin an 
endowment fund. Other churches: Trinity, 
Greenville, S. C, 1912-22; Ascension, Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn., 1922-31. Superintendent, 
Iron Mountain School for Boys, Konnarock, Va., 1931-38. Supply, St. James, Fayette- 
ville, 1938-39. Retired 1940 at Bennettsville, S. C. Supplied Lutheran churches 
(some from 3 to 9 months) and a few of other denominations. Pastor emeritus of 
Holly Grove, a church in first parish, which with New Jerusalem he last supplied 
(1948). Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1901-02. Founder and editor, The Catawba Luth- 
eran. Member, ULCA Board of Pensions, 1918-25. Builder of eight churches. Re- 
searcher in history of Lutheran Church in N. C. and the South. Contributor of ar- 
ticles, especially on home missions and church histories to religious and secular 
periodicals. Died Oct. 11, 1953; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Concord. 




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MILLER, CHARLES B., born March 24, 1861, in 
Rowan Co. Parents: C. R. and Sarah E. (Sifferd) 
Miller. Maternal uncle of the wives of Pastors L. P. 
Boland, O. W. Aderholdt, and John C. Peery (second 
wife), the Misses Maude and Annie Powlas, long-time 
missionaries in Japan, and the Revs. John K., Charles 
A., and J. Arthur Linn, and granduncle of the Revs. 
Hubert C. Linn and William P. Peery. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., Roanoke Coll.; Gettysburg Sem., 1887. 
Married M. Irene McCutchan, near Middlebrook, 
Va., Feb. 19, 1889. Son: James Bennett. Ordained 
1887 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Concordia, 
Rowan Co., supply 1886, 1908-09; Macedonia, Bur- 
lington, 1890-95; Friedens, Guilford Co., 1890-92; 
St. Paul Alamance Co., 1890-93; St. James, Concord, 
1896-1902; First, Albemarle, 1901-02; St. Mark, China Grove, 1902-07; and in Va.: 
Middlebrook, 1888-90; and Hebron, Madison, 1895-96. Retired 1907 in China Grove, 
and engaged in secular employment. Supplied Christiana, Granite Quarry, 1919-21. 
President, N. C. Synod, 1900-02. Died Oct. 1, 1936; buried at Charlotte. 

MILLER, DAVID LEANDER, born Dec. 30, 1875, in Catawba Co. Parents: Lem- 
uel Cicero and Caroline Jemima (Huffman) Miller. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1903; Chicago Sem., 1907. Married Edith Maude Price, Luray, Va., Nov. 30, 
1909. Children: Helen Virginia, Paul Edwin, Ruth Caroline, Carroll David. Ordained 
1907 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Calvary-Grace-Morning Star-Beth Eden, 
Page Co., Va., 1907-09; Donegal, Pa., 1909-12; Solomons-St. Mary, Shenandoah 
Co., Va., 1912-15; in N. C: Trinity, Vale-Sardis, Catawba Co.-Cedar Grove, Lincoln 
Co., 1916-18; Mt. Gilead-St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1919-21; Mt. Hermon-Sharon- 
St. Martin, Iredell Co., 1921-24; in S. C: St. Peter-St. Thomas, Lexington Co., 1924- 
34. Retired 1934 at Luray, Va. Died May 29, 1949; buried in Evergreen Cemetery, 
Luray, Va. 

MILLER, GLENN ALLEN, born Nov. 7, 1909, at Rockwell. Parents: Calvin Mid- 
dleton and Maggie Lee (Bost) Miller. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1930; 
graduate study for "A" grade high school principal's certificate; Landis high school 
teacher and coach, 1930-31; Southern Sem., 1934. Married Virgilia Ruth Hollis, 
Waynesboro, Tenn., May 25, 1941. Children: Hollis Allen, Marilyn Lee, Cheryll Jill. 
Ordained 1934 by N. C. Synod. Churches and schools served: Calvary, Concord, 
1934-36; Southmont High School teacher and coach, 1939-43, and principal, 1943- 
44; Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co., 1944-50; Trinity, Vale, 1950-59; St. Peter, 
Rowan Co., 1959—. Of participation in athletics he writes: "By the name of 'Razz' 
Miller it was my pleasure to participate in the three major athletic sports at Lenoir 
Rhyne College. After college graduation it was my good fortune to participate in 17 
seasons of Semi-Professional and Minor-Professional baseball play. With this back- 
ground for experience I find the MINISTRY a joy beyond my ability to describe." 

MILLER, HENDERSON NEIFFER, born June 8, 1872, at Salisbury. Parents: 
Calvin J. and Jessie S. (Ketchie) Miller. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1891; Gettysburg 
Sem., 1894; Gettysburg Coll., Ph.D. 1896. Married Cora L. Patterson, China Grove, 
1894. Children: Cora Louise, the Rev. Frank Henderson, Nellie Jones, Ethel Roberta. 
Ordained 1894 by Md. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Grace-Lebanon-Salem, 
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Sem., 1897-1902; in Ohio, Ga., Va., and Pa., 1902-33. President, Marion Jr. Coll. 
Superintendent, Artman Home, Ambler, Pa. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1897-98. Retired 
1933. Died 1939; buried at China Grove. 

MILLER, JACOB, licensed 1812 in Lows Church, Guilford Co., and ordained 1822 
in Pilgrim Church, Davidson Co. No record of his ministry or other activity earlier 
than 1821. Listed as pastor of St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1821-27, and of Becks-Pil- 
grim, Davidson Co., 1824-27. Gaps in the listing of pastors of the last two churches 
would justify assumption that he served them, too, from 1821. Presumably went to 
Ind. as missionary from N. C. Synod and labored there, where preachers were so 
badly needed; took leading part in organizing Ind. Synod; transferred to it 1840 
from N. C. Synod. Buried in Indiana. 

MILLER, JEFFERSON POLYCARP, born May 12, 
1866, in Catawba Co. Parents: John Monroe and 
Harriet Camilla (Isenhower) Miller. Educated Con- 
cordia Coll.; Chicago Sem.; Wittenberg Univ., D.D. 
1921. Married Emma Eleanora (Ella) Carpenter, 
Catawba Co., Nov. 20, 1899. Children: Robert Leroy, 
Grace Virginia. Ordained 1889 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C: Friendship-Shiloh, Alex- 
ander Co., 1891-93; Sardis, 1891-94, and St. Timothy, 
1893-95, Catawba Co.; instructor (Greek), Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll.; in Rowan Co.: Mt. Moriah, 1895-99; 
St. Mark, 1895-1901; Union-Christiana, 1900-02; and 
supply, Christ, East Spencer, 1902; Holy Trinity, Mt. 
Pleasant, and instructor, M. P. C. I., and Mont 
Amoena Sem., 1907-11; supply, St. Andrew-Mt. Her- 
mon, Concord, 1909; supply, Holy Trinity, Charlotte, and field representative, Eliza- 
beth Coll., 1914-15; in S. C, and Va., 1902-07; president, Marion Coll., 1911-13; 
in Pa., Ind., and Va., 1915-31. Retired at Radford, Va. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1894- 
96. President, Ind. Synod. Died May 11, 1939; buried in Sunset Cemetery, Chris- 
tiansburg, Va. 

MILLER, JOHN ABNER LOCKE, born Aug. 9, 1858, at Zeb in Rowan Co. Par- 
ents: Capt. Alfred Albert and Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Miller. Father was killed in 
combat at Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 12, 1862; mother had died three months before 
father's death. Educated at Franklin Acad., Zeb, where classmates were the Revs. 
H. A. Trexler and H. M. Brown. While engaged in secular work, he read and 
studied theology at night for a period of 20 yrs. under the guidance of neighboring 
pastors. When examined for ordination he was found well-prepared. Married Mary 
Ann Pinkstone, near Salisbury, Dec. 28, 1876. Children: Bernard Alonzo, William 
Alfred, Samuel Cyrus, Sallie Leora, Robert Love, Charles Elmer. Ordained 1910 at 
age 52 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Hopewell-Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 
1909-14; St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1914-19. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1920, and served 
in Va., at Bridgewater, Middlebrook, Price's Fork, and Willis, 1919-30. Retired 1930 
to live with daughter at Concord. Transferred back to N. C. Synod, 1932. Supplied 
Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1934-40, to age 82. Died Oct. 23, 1945; buried at Bethel 
Church, Rowan Co. 

MILLER, JOHN (JOSEPH) I., born June 2, 1830, in Rockingham Co., Va. Parents: 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Link) Miller. Younger brother of the Rev. Peter Miller. Edu- 




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cated: Roanoke Coll.; received D.D. degree in 1886; attended Gettysburg Sem. 
Married a Miss Hules, Baltimore, Md., Oct. 2, 1860. Ordained 1859 by Md. Synod. 
Churches served: In W. Va.: Shepherdstown; in Md.: Clearspring; in Va.: Buena 
Vista, Luray, Browntown, Staunton, and Church ville; in S. C: Cedar Grove, Lexing- 
ton Co., and St. James, Graniteville; none in N. C. Member of Tenn. Synod, 1885-94. 
In Staunton, Va., 17 years, 5 years as pastor and 12 years as first principal of Staun- 
ton Female Sem., 1870-82. Operated Von Bora Coll. for Girls, while pastor at Luray, 
Va.; also a girls school at Buena Vista, Va., for a few sessions. Publisher and editor 
of The Lutheran Visitor at Staunton, Va., a few years until taken over in 1868 
by General Synod South. Secretary, 1861-62, president, 1866-67, Va. Synod. Died 



MILLER, LEROY SUMMIE, born March 13, 
1896, in Catawba Co. Parents: William Absalom and 
Laura Blanche (Isenhour) Miller. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1916; principal, Enochville High 
School, 1916-17; Chicago Sem., 1920. Married Erin 
Estelle Payne, Hickory, Nov. 9, 1920. Daughter: 
Freda Estelle. Licensed 1920 and ordained 1921 by 
Ohio Synod. Churches served: In Ohio: Adamsville, 
1920-24, and Toledo, 1924-28; in N. C: St. Stephen- 
St. John, Lenoir, 1928-43; Bethel - Bethphage - St. 
Mark-St. Paul, Crouse (at last named built new 
church after fire, 1949), 1943-50; same parish with- 
out Bethphage, 1950-61. Retired 1961 at Lenoir. 
Pastor emeritus of St. Stephen, Lenoir, 1961—. 

MILLER, LESTER DAVID, born Feb. 11, 1883, 
in Catawba Co. Parents: Philo Lee and Candace L. 
(Frye) Miller. A younger brother is the Rev. Paul L. 
Miller. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1906, 
D.D. 1943; Southern Sem., 1909. Married Lola Anna 
Miller, Hickory, June 23, 1907. Children: Frances 
Louise (married the Rev. M. L. Stirewalt, Jr.), the 
Rev. L. David, Jr. Ordained 1909 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C: Mt. Gilead-St. Martin, 
Cabarrus Co., 1909-18; St. Stephen, Lenoir, 1918- 
24; St. John, Cabarrus Co. 1924-44; supplied Mt. 
Hermon, 1916-18, and Cold Water, 1924, 1930-33, 
Cabarrus Co. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
and Exec. Comm., of Synod. Retired 1944 at Hickory. 
Died Sept. 8, 1955; buried at St. Timothy Church, 
Catawba Co. 

MILLER, LESTER DAVID, JR., born April 15, 1919, at Lenoir. Parents: The 
Rev. Lester David and Lola Anna (Miller) Miller. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1939, Mus.D.; Southern Sem., B.D. 1942; Sch. of Music, Union Sem., M.S.M. 
1947. Married Annie R. Lytle, Hickory, Nov. 25, 1942. Children: Anita Lytle, 
Andrea Frye. Ordained 1942 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Assistant, Macedonia, 
Burlington, 1942-44; assistant, Holy Trinity, New York City, 1944-47; associate, 
Trinity, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1947-54; St. Mark, Van Wert, Ohio, 1954-55. Director, 



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1955-56, dean, 1956- Sch. of Music, and choir director, Wittenberg Univ.; professor 
of Church Music, Hamma Sch. of Theology, 1956-. Member, Exec. Comm., and 
Consulting Comm., ULCA Dept. of Worship, 1955-62. Author-composer of "Psalms 
for Today" and "A Call to Remembrance" for speech choir, published by ULCA 
Women's Missy Soc; "A Book of Descants," for publication by LCA Board of Pub- 
lication; hymntune, "Fortitudo". L. M., for No. 502 (SBH); and five hymn tunes in 
Church' School Hymnal for Children. Listed in "Who's Who in America." 

MILLER, MARTIN M., born Sept. 9, 1833, in Cabarrus Co.; later resided in 
Rowan Co., near Salisbury, where father, J. C. Miller, was a wealthy planter. At- 
tended Gettysburg Coll., 1858-59. In Synod's History (1953): was licensed in 1861 
(probably earlier), and served Shiloh, Forsyth Co., in 1861. Career was cut short by 
war service, which was marked in 1862 by enlistment in Conf. States Army March 5, 
capture at Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 17, and exchange Nov. 10, and in 1863 by wounds 
at Gettysburg on July 2, capture at Hagerstown, Md., July 5, and parole and ex- 
change in August. Mortally wounded at Cold Harbor, Va., June 7, 1864, in 31st year. 
Buried at Bethel Church, Rowan Co. From wounds at Gettysburg he had lost sound 
use of a leg, and wrote Governor Vance (N. C.), requesting appointment as chaplain 
for the Salisbury Wayside Hospital, or a post as a commissary clerk. Presumably he 
did not receive one. 

MILLER, PAUL LEOPOLD, born May 11, 1895, 
in Catawba Co. Parents: Philo Lee and Candace 
(Frye) Miller. An older brother was the Rev. Lester 
D. Miller, Sr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1918; Southern Sem., 1921. Married Willie Deal, 
Hickory, May 1921. Children: Rebecca Evelyn, Mary 
Louise, Doris Elizabeth (married the Rev. L. Aaron 
Lippard). Ordained 1921 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1921-22; 
Organ-Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1922-27; Organ only, 
1927-36; Good Hope, Hickory-St. Paul, Newton (Star- 
town), 1936-44; Good Hope only (church built on 
new site), 1944-60. Retired 1960 at Hickory. Resident 
supply, St. Andrew, Andrews, 1962—. 

MILLER, PETER, born Sept. 18, 1828, in Rockingham Co., Va. Parents: Joseph 
and Elizabeth (Link) Miller. Older brother of the Rev. J. I. Miller. A grandson of 
their parents was the Rev. C. Armand Miller. Licensed 1858 and ordained 1860 by 
Va. Synod. Churches served: Missionary work in Capon-North River Parish in Harden 
and Hampshire Cos., W. Va., 1858-71, 1884-90, and after division into two parishes: 
North River, 1898-1914, and Capon, 1915-18, organizing a number of churches. 
"The outstanding figure in this large, mountainous, thinly populated territory, who 
for sixty years almost continuously was recognized as everybody's pastor." ("History 
of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee," 1930). Other churches 
listed: At Mt. Jackson, Orkney Springs, Woodstock, Toms Brook, Floyd Co., and 
Churchville, all in Va., 1871-80, 1894-98. Served churches in S. C, 1880-84, and 
in N. C: St. John, 1890-93, and Mt. Hermon, 1893-94, Cabarrus Co. Secretary, 
1867-68, president, 1871-72, 1903-04, Va. Synod. Died April 21, 1918; buried at 
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MILLER, PETER LINK, born June 9, 1855, in Rockingham Co., Va. Father: The 
Rev. Peter H. Miller. Educated: No formal college or seminary training, but studied 
theology under the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong, Woodstock, Va. Married Alice Coffman, 
1883. Children: Milton L., Dr. J. R. Licensed 1891 and ordained 1895 by Va. Synod. 
Churches served: From 1891, in W. Va., Va., Ohio, and Tenn. In N. C: First, Albe- 
marle 1898-1901; Christ, East Spencer (church built on new site), 1898-99; Luthers, 
Rowan Co., 1899. Transferred to Wittenberg Synod, 1901. Retired at Point Pleasant, 
W. Va. Died on 81st birthday, June 9, 1936; buried at Point Pleasant, W. Va. 

MILLER, ROBERT JOHNSON, born July 11, 1758, near Dundee, Scotland. Par- 
ents: George and Margaret Miller. Educated: Dundee Classical School. Came in 
1774 to Charlestown, Mass., to assist an older brother in East and West India trade. 
Married Mary Perkins. A daughter, Catherine, married the Rev. Godfrey Dreher, 
a pioneer Lutheran pastor of N. C. Synod serving in S. C. Served in Colonial Army 
in battles of Long Island, Brandy wine, White Plains, and Valley Forge; was dis- 
charged in the South. Licensed by Methodist Church, and served in western counties 
of N. C. Among churches served was Whitehaven, Lincoln Co., nominally Episcopal 
but with Lutherans and perhaps Reformeds worshiping there. On their petition, no 
Episcopal diocese then being in N. C, was examined and ordained May 20, 1794, 
by resident Lutheran pastors Nussmann, Arends, Roschen, Bernhardt, and Storch, 
in St. John, Cabarrus Co.; perhaps the first English-speaking and first Episcopal 
minister to be ordained in N. C. (1953 History, p. 25). Ordination certificate ends 
thus: ". . . he always having obliged to obey ye rules, ordinances and customs of 
ye Christian Society, allied with ye Protestant Episcopal Church in America." Luth- 
eran churches served: Dutchman's Creek (later named Reformation), Davie Co.- 
organized St. Michael, Troutman, 1815-21. Took part in organizing N. C. Synod in 
1803; first secretary, 1803-05; president, 1812; offered to be and was appointed itin- 
erating missionary, 1810. Withdrawing from Lutheran Church activity, in 1821 was 
ordained priest by Episcopal bishop in Raleigh, and served Episcopal churches in 
Lincoln, Burke, Iredell, and other counties, 1821-34. It is written of him: ". . . Pas- 
tor Miller rendered a valuable service to the Lutheran Church in North Carolina. 
He possessed the rare faculty of being able to serve its interests faithfully even 
though he continued to have a deep interest in his mother church. As a result of his 
pastoral efforts, many individuals and even whole congregations were preserved to 
the Lutheran Church." (1953 History, p. 26). Died 1834; buried at Lenoir. 

MILLER, ROBERT THOMAS, born Oct. 30, 1930, at Greenville, S. C. Parents: 
Robert E. and Zunie (Stewart) Miller. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1953; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1956. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Va. 
Synod. Churches served in Va. Synod: Assistant, First, Norfolk, Va., 1956-58; Holy 
Trinity, Newport, Tenn.; Millers-Zion, near Knoxville, Tenn. Demitted ministry, Oct. 
10, 1961. 

MILLER, THOMAS W., licensed 1832 and ordained 1833 by Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In Va., 1832-50; St. Jacob, Fincastle; Zion, Burkes Ford; in Floyd Co.; He- 
bron, Madison; St. Peter, Blacksburg; Zion, Roanoke Co., and Zion, Edinburg. Presi- 
dent, Va. Synod, 1834-35. Transferred to Va. Special Conf. of Tenn. Synod, 1865, of 
which was president in 1873. No record of Tenn. Synod churches, doubtless in Va., 
which he served. Treasurer, Tenn. Synod 1870-71. Transferred back to Va. Synod, 
1878. Died Nov. 1, 1880; buried at Sammsville, Va. 



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MISENHEIMER, CLYDE ALTON, born Jan. 5, 1914, at Rockwell. Parents: John 
A. and Margaret (Miller) Misenheimer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1935; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1938. Married Edith Ritchie, Richfield, June 7, 1944. Daughter: 
Cynthia Rose. Ordained 1938 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lebanon-Providence, 
Rowan Co.-Amity, Iredell Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1938-39; St. Stephen-Mt. 
Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1939-43; St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1943-56; mission developer, 
later pastor, Faith, Conover, 1956-60; Concordia, Rowan Co., I960-. Member, 
Boards of Childrens Home, 1952-60, and of Lowman Home, 1962- . 



MISENHEIMER, ERNEST LUTHER, 
JR., born March 10, 1915, at Richfield. 
Parents: Ernest Luther and Ora (Whitley) 
Misenheimer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1937, D.D. 1959; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1940. Married Margaret Lentz, Salisbury, 
July 11, 1941. Children: Ernest Luther, III, 
David Lentz, John Charles, James Stephen. 
Ordained 1940 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Assistant, St. John, Salisbury, 1940- 
43; St. James-Emmanuel, Rockwell, 1943- 
49; St. Mark, Mooresville, 1949-51; Center 
Grove, Kannapolis, 1951-55. Assistant to 
President of Synod, Dr. F. L. Conrad, 1955- 
62, and Dr. George R. Whittecar, 1963-, 
especially for promotion of evangelism and 
stewardship. Long-time chairman, Steward- 
ship Comm. Often delegate to ULCA con- 
ventions. Author of "Christ Gives You the 
Green Light", stewardship tract, published 
by Lutheran Laymen's Movement for Ste- 
wardship. 




MITCHAM, LOYD WILLARD, JR., born May 14, 1938, at Kings Mountain. 
Parents: Loyd Willard and Oveda (Ross) Mitcham. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1960; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Jane Amelia Pope, Statesville, May 
27, 1961. Children: Tamera Lynne, Jonathan Todd. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Summer supply, St. Matthew, Wilmington, and St. Paul, Hamlet, 
and one year internship, Beth Eden, Newton, 1961-64; assistant pastor, Reformation, 
Columbia, S. C, 1964-. 

MITCHELL, CARVETH P., born May 4, 1911, in England. Parents: Carveth and 
Helena (Pearn) Mitchell. Educated: Public Schools, Detroit, Mich.; Wittenberg 
Univ., A.B. 1934, D.D. 1955; Hamma Divinity Sch., B.D. 1937. Married Kathryn 
Rogers, Zanesville, Ohio, 1937. Children: Sanford Carveth, Kathryn Ann. Ordained 
1937 by Mich. Synod. Churches served: Assistant, First, Dayton, Ohio, 1937-38; 
Hilltop, Columbus, Ohio, 1938-45; First, Mansfield, Ohio, 1945-63; in N. C: St. 
Mark, Charlotte, 1963-. Secretary, Ohio Synod, 1943-45. Member, Board of Witten- 
berg Univ., 1947-63. Member, Board of Social Missions, ULCA, 1952-62, and Board 
of Social Ministry, LCA, 1962-. 



MITCHUM, ROBERT CLINTON, JR., born March 21, 1939, in Lincoln Co. 
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Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1961; Hamina Sch. of Theol., B.D. 1965; intern, First English, 
Richmond, Ind. Married Lois Ann Veler, daughter of the Rev. Robert W. Veler, 
Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1962. Son: Robert Andrew. Ordained 1965 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Va. Synod. Churches served: Trinity-St. Paul, Frederick 
Co., Va., 1965-. 

MONROE, PAUL EUGENE, JR., born June 23, 1922, at Gastonia. Parents: Paul 
Eugene and Mary Bradley (Jones) Monroe. The Rev. Pleasant Edgar Monroe, D.D., 
was his uncle. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1943; Hamma Divinity Sch., 
B.D. 1945, S.T.M. 1953. Married Josephine Louise Beck, Warren, Ohio, June 16, 
1945. Children: Lynn Suzanne, Marcia Louise, Paula Ruth, Jonathan Beck. Ordained 
1945 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: Assistant pastor, Luther Place Memorial, 
Washington, D. C, 1945-47; Redeemer, Newberry, S. C, 1947-58; First, Nashville, 
Tenn., 1958-64; in N. C: Emmanuel, High Point, 1964-. Member, Boards of South- 
ern Sem., 1956-58, and of Newberry Coll., 1963-64. Member, Exec. Board, Ky.-Tenn. 
Synod, 1960-62. ULCA delegate, Assembly of Nat. Council of Churches, St. Louis, 
1954, and San Francisco, 1959. Part-time teacher (German, Bible, Sociology), New- 
berry Coll., 1950, 54, 57. Contributor to The Lutheran and other Lutheran periodi- 
cals, and of sermon to Peabody College Reflector. S.M.T. thesis subject, "History 
of Southern Lutheranism." Member, Board of Newberry Co. (S. C.) Red Cross, 1950- 
56, and chairman of Blood Donor Program. 

MONROE, PLEASANT EDGAR, bom 

Dec. 18, 1875, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Thomas Burton a n d Catherine Victoria 
(Cress) Monroe. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 
1898; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1901; Newberry 
Coll., M.A., D.D. 1919, LL.D. 1947. Mar- 
ried Julia Houseal Hentz, Pomaria, S. C, 
April 2, 1902. Children: Carl Hentz (died at 
age of 9), Mary Kathryn. Ordained 1901 by 
S.W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va.: 
Woman's Memorial-Christ, Pulaski, 1901-02; 
in S. C: Ehrhardt-Mt. Pleasant-St. Nicholas, 
Ehrhardt, 1902-08; St. John-Mt. Calvary- 
Good Hope, Johnston, 1908-13; president, 
Summerland Coll. for Girls, Batesburg, 
S. C, 1913-24; in N. C: Holy Trinity, Hick- 
ory, 1924-30, and acting president, Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., 1925-26; St. James, Concord, 
1930-34. President, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1934-49; president emeritus, 1949-54; mem- 
ber of Board, 1931-34. Secretary, 1911-12, 
president, 1914-16, S. C. Synod. Member, 
Board of Foreign Missions, ULCA, 1930-42. President, N. C. College Conference 
(embracing 44 colleges), 1945. Delegate to conventions of United Synod South, and 
ULCA, many times. Retired 1949 at Hickory. In personality and activity combined 
good business ability with a warm-hearted pastoral ministry, effective preaching, and 
wise educational administrative leadership. Died July 31, 1954; buried in Oakwood 
Cemetery, Hickory. 




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MOORE, GEORGE TRUETT, born Aug. 25, 1920, in Greenville, S. C. Parents: 
The Rev. James Furman and Eunice (Peeler) Moore. Father was a Baptist minister. 
Educated: Clemson Univ., B.S. 1942; pursued his profession of architect, 1942-52; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1957, also graduate study. Married Nellie Elizabeth Stevens, 
Savannah, Ga., Jan. 12, 1943. Children: George Truett, Jr., Johnnie Stevens, Wil- 
liam Spencer, Alex Arthur. After one year in seminary, served, 1953-55, in Liberia, 
Africa, as mission builder under Board of Foreign Missions, ULCA. After seminary 
graduation and ordination in 1957 by Ga.-Ala. Synod, served again in Liberia, but 
as an evangelistic missionary, July 1957 to Dec. 1958. Health problems forced resig- 
nation. Churches served in N. C: Resurrection, Kings Mountain, 1959-65; Calvary, 
Spencer, 1965—. Member, Board of Lowman Home, 1962—. Chairman, Comm. on 
World Missions, I960-. 

MOOSE, JOHN BAXTER, born May 27, 
1885, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Giles Mon- 
roe and Rose Cameline (Misenheimer) 
Moose. Educated: M.P.C.I., Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1908, A.M. 1914, D.D. 1937; Southern 
Sem., 1913; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1915; grad- 
uate study: Columbia Univ., summer 1914; 
Northwestern and Chicago Univs., 1925; 
Hartford Sem., 1923-25, Ph.D., summa cum 
laude. Married Bernice Marie Hummer, 
Reading, Pa., May 14, 1930. No children. 
Ordained 1913 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Mt. Zion-Luther-New Bethel, Rich- 
field, 1913-14; as synodical missionary, 
Grace, Thomasville, 1917-18; Prosperity- 
Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1918-23, and 
supplied Cold Water, 1920-22; Immanuel, 
Bluefield, W. Va.-Wartburg, Graham, Va., 
1915-17; supply St. Paul, Hartford, Conn., 
six mos., 1924-25. Supplied (3 to 8 mos.) 
churches in and near Columbia, S. C, 1933- 
53, while professor at Southern Sem. Orga- 
nized Christ, Columbia, 1944. Professor (Bible, Greek, Latin), M.P.C.I., 1909-10; 
same (Bible, Greek, History), 1918-23. Professor (Historical Theology), Chicago Sem., 
1925-33. Professor (Historical Theology), Southern Sem., 1933-53, and dean, 1943-46. 
Retired 1953 at Leesville, S. C. Stated supply, St. Matthew, Lexington Co., S. C., 
1953-60. Author of brochure, "Adolph Nussmann, Pioneer Lutheran Preacher in 
North Carolina." Member: Am. Soc. of Church History, Am. Soc. for Reformation 
Research, Am. Assoc. of Univ. Profs, (emeritus), and president, ULCA Theol. Sem. 
Profs. Died June 3, 1963, at White Rock S. C; buried at St. John Church, Cabar- 
rus Co. 

MOOSE, PAUL EDWARD, bom July 25, 1910, in Catawba Co. Parents: Eddie 
Lawrence and Willie Ellen (Huitt) Moose. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1932; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1935. Married Aura Lee Bowman, Hickory, June 25, 1935'. 
Children: Paul Lawrence, Stephen Lee. Ordained 1935 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Mt. Hermon-Sharon-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1935-38; Mt. Zion-Luther-New 
Bethel, Richfield, 1938-43; Salem (built new church after fire), Rowan Co., 1943-. 
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MOREHEAD, FLAY CURTIS, JR., born April 30, 1918, in Shelby. Parents: Flay 
Curtis and Minnie (Herman) Morehead. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne College, A.B. 1941; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1944. Married Martha Mae Hines, Hickory, Aug. 23, 1944. 
Children: Flay Curtis, III, Martha Irene, and John Leslie. Ordained 1944 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1944-50; first full-time pastor, 
St. John (new parsonage and educational building built), Hudson, 1950—. 

MORETZ, CHRISTIAN (in 1953 History designated "Christian Moretz," while his 
brother John's son was designated "Christian Moretz, Jr."), born Nov. 30, 1797, in 
Randolph Co. Parents: Christian and Molly (Fox) Moretz. May have been related to 
the Rev. Alfred J. Fox through both father's and mother's families. Unknown if 
married. Licensed 1822 and ordained 1824 in Greene Co., Tenn., by Tenn. Synod. 
First Tenn. Synod pastor to preach in Gravelton, Mo., in English in 1821. Served as 
missionary in Mo., Ky., and Ind., 1823-35. One church known: Zion, Gravelton, Mo., 
1823-28. Aided in organizing Ind. Synod in 1835, and thereafter a member of it. 

MORETZ, CHRISTIAN (in 1953 History Christian Moretz, Jr., but nephew, not 
son, of Christian Moretz, Jr., as noted in above sketch), born July 29, 1827, in 
Catawba Co. Parents: John and (second wife) Catharine (Hefner) Moretz. Self- 
taught, but was said to have been brilliant, with many books for his day. Married 
first Frances Eleanor Stirewalt, Catawba Co. (?), sister of the Rev. Miles J. Stire- 
walt. Children 14, of whom 11 were: Jerome Chrysostom, Alice Luretta, John 
Michael, Paul Jacob, Sarah Caroline, Mary Ellen, Martin Luther, Frances Adaline 
Jamima, Melchi Melanchthon, Christian Le Roy, Sion Gideon. Second marriage to 
Mrs. Carolyn (Phillips) Faw, Ashe Co., July 24, 1889. Children: Laura Elizabeth, 
Polly Mabel, Zora Cisco, Amelia Blanche, Ann Dezo. Licensed 1852 and ordained 
1856 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., fourth pastor, 
1852-68 (a John Moretz, Sr., was one of two councilmen chosen at its organization 
in 1845); St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1855. Other pastorates are not known, but mail 
addresses (1857-72) were Moretz Mills, Rose Vale, Taylorsville, and Boone. Secretary, 
Tenn. Synod, 1865, 86. Name was removed from roll in 1874. Died Oct. 19, 1905; 
buried in Moretz Cemetery on Grassy Creek, Watauga Co. 

MORETZ, WALTER JENNINGS, born Oct. 5, 1896, in Watauga Co. Parents: 
S. E. and May Virginia (Houck) Moretz. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1924; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1927. Married Opal A. Ledford, Rural Hall, June 30, 1928. 
Children: The Rev. Walter Jennings, Jr., Rufus Ledford, Bettie Opal. Ordained 1927 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1927-31; in S. C: 
Orange Chapel, Springfield-Good Shepherd, Swansea, 1932-43; and Ehrhardt Memo- 
rial-Mt. Pleasant, Ehrhardt, 1943-48; in Fla.: Trinity, Bradenton, 1948-63; and 
Ebenezer, Pierson, 1963 for four mos. before death. Member, Board of Southern 
Sem., 1950—. Died June 9, 1963; buried in Pierson (Fla.) Lutheran Cemetery. 

MORETZ, WALTER JENNINGS, JR., born Jan. 23, 1933, at Columbia, S. C. 
Parents: The Rev. Walter Jennings and Opal A. (Ledford) Moretz. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959, S.T.M. course work completed; 
doctoral studies, Duke Univ., 1961-64. Married Sara Anne Phelps, Wilmington, Dec. 
27, 1955. Daughter: Catherine Hand. Ordained 1959 by Fla. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Timothy, Camden, S. C, 1959-61. Transferred 1961 to N. C. Synod; 
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assistant for work among youth and students, Holy Trinity, Raleigh, 1963-64; Haven, 
Salisbury, 1964—. Interim pastor, Ebenezer, Pierson, Fla., summer 1963, following 
death of his father. 



MORGAN, CARROLL IRVING, born Sept. 8, 
1873, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Jeremiah Winn 
and Grace Eugenia (Craps) Morgan. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1900; Southern Sem., 1903; Chi- 
cago Sem., B.D. 1909. Married Lillie Russell Tyson, 
Salisbury, Dec. 26, 1911. Children: Margaret Russell 
(died 3 days after birth), Grace Carol (married the 
Rev. Rudolph Ludwig). Ordained 1902 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 
1902-05; organized and built church, Grace, Bessemer 
City, 1903-05; Haven, Salisbury, 1905-11; supplied 
Christ, East Spencer, 1908-09; Macedonia, Burling- 
ton, 1912-13; Ebenezer-St. James-supplied St. Paul 
(1917), Catawba Co., 1913-17; Trinity, Landis-Con- 
cordia, Rowan Co., 1917-21; in Va., 1921-25; in S. C, 
1925-36. Instructor (Bible), Summerland Coll., Batesburg, S. C, 1925-28. Died Jan. 
1948; buried at Leesville, S. C. 




MORGAN, FRANCIS GROVER, born Nov. 19, 
1889, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Henry S. and 
Amanda (Hare) Morgan. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1909; Southern Sem., 1913, B.D. 1925; 
Univ. S. C, M.A. 1913, Ph.D. 1928. Married Mary 
Letitia Doak, Wytheville, Va., Aug. 14, 1912. Chil- 
dren: Frances Letitia, William David Edward, Mar- 
ian, James Henry, Virginia Caroline, Joanna Doak. 
Ordained 1913 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
Supply, Grace, Hendersonville, 1915-16; Hebron, 
Madison, Va., 1919-21; others as supply while en- 
gaged in teaching. Instructor (Bible), Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1915-17. President, Summerland Coll., 1921-27. 
Professor (Religious Education), Converse Coll., 1927- 
32; same, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1932-48. Chaplain, 
U. S. Marine Corps in World War I, 1917-19. Died June 17, 1948; 
Stephen Church, Hickory. 




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MORGAN, JACOB LEVI, born Feb. 7, 
1872, in Rowan Co. Parents: Jacob and 
Sally Amanda (Hodge) Morgan. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., A.R. 1899; Southern Sem., 
1902; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1921, LL.D. 
1945. Married Elizabeth Virginia Clay 
Shoup, Mt. Pleasant, May 25, 1903, her 
father, the Rev. J. B. Shoup, performing 
the ceremony. Children: Gladys (M.D., one 
term as medical missionary in India, mar- 
ried William Happer, M.D.), Ruth (died at 
age 2), Karl Ziegler (Ph.D.), Katherine, 
Lois. Ordained 1902 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Haven, Salisbury-Christ, 
East Spencer, 1902-03; St. Enoch-Trinity, 
Enochville, 1903-07; as synodical missionary, 
1907-17, developing, organizing, serving and 
building churches for five: Emmanuel, High 
Point-First, Greensboro, 1907-09; St. Mark, 
Mooresville-Trinity, Landis, 1909-11; and 
Richland (supply)-Grace, Liberty-Holy Trin- 
ity, Raleigh, 1911-17; the last only as full- 
time pastor, 1917-19; pastor to Lutheran students in Raleigh, and visiting pastor to 
Lutheran students at Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill, 1911-19. Pastor to Lutheran soldiers, 
Camp Polk, Raleigh, 1917-19. Vice-president, N. C. Synod, 1918-19; first full-time 
president of same, 1919-21, and of the merged synod (United Ev. Luth. Syn. of 
N. C), 1921-47, president emeritus 1947-60. Ex officio chairman, synodical Execu- 
tive, Mission, and Ministerial Education Committees, and ex officio member of all 
synodical boards and committees. Delegate, conventions of United Synod South 
1904-18, except for one, and of ULCA conventions, 1918-46, 1950. While synodical 
missionary, 1907-17, and synod president, 1919-47, led synod in organizing some 
40 congregations. Recommended and promoted Brotherhood Loan and Gift Fund 
for aiding N. C. missions, instituted in 1922. Member, ULCA boards: Foreign Mis- 
sions, 1927-30, Executive, 1930-38, and American Missions, 1946-52. Chairman of 
Historical Work Committee, and chief editor of the "History of the Lutheran 
Church in North Carolina," (1803-1953). Researcher and collector of data for this 
biographical history of ministers. A true and devoted servant of the Lord of fervent 
piety, firm convictions, wise counsel, missionary zeal, and able leadership, whose 
spirit will long be felt and results of whose labors will long be seen in the synod 
and the LCA. Retired 1947 at Salisbury, but was active in efforts to collect and 
preserve sources of synod's history. Died Dec. 27, 1960; buried in Chestnut Hill 
Cemetery, Salisbury. 

The Rev. F. L. Conrad, D.D., a successor in the office of president says: "Dr. 
Morgan was truly a Lutheran Church Father, and missionary pioneer in North 
Carolina during the first fifty years of this century. He blazed the trail in the 
development of Mission Churches in North Carolina when there was no mission 
committee, no mission funds, and no mission precedent. He rightly takes his place 
along with the other venerable pioneers, such as, Nussmann, Arends, Bernheim and 
many others. Naturally the fruits of Dr. Morgans labors, and the faith of his heart, 
extend far beyond the borders of this synod. His positive convictions with respect 
to the Lutheran confessions and the basic doctrines of the scriptures were heard and 
respected by those who were instrumental in consummating The United Lutheran 
Church in America. His influence shall forever stand as his best monument." 




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MORGAN, JOHN LUTHER, born April 
3, 1885, in Rowan Co. Parents: Moses L. 
and Julia Ann Elizabeth ("Betty" Morgan) 
Morgan. Mother was sister of the Rev. Jacob 
L. Morgan. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1913, D.D. 1959; Southern Sem, 1916; 
Univ. S. C, courses for M.A. completed. 
Married Annie Louise Lowman, Columbia, 
S. C, Jan. 23, 1918. Children: John Luther, 
Voigt Fritz, the Rev. Paul Lowman, Miriam 
Elizabeth (married the Rev. Harold G. Deal, 
Jr.). Ordained 1916 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Michael, Troutman 
(merged with St. Martin, 1923, under name 
of Holy Trinity )-St. Paul- Amity, Iredell Co., 
1916-27; supply Lebanon, Rowan Co., 1925; 
Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1928-34; Faith, 
Faith, 1934-36; Friedens-Sharon-Peace, Gib- 
sonville, 1936-43; Lutheran Chapel, Gas- 
tonia, 1943-47; Mt. Zion-New Bethel-Luth- 
ers, Richfield, 1947-53; Sardis, Catawba 
Co., 1954-57; first pastor, Our Saviour, 
Gaston Co., 1958-61. Builder of six church edifices and three parsonages, and 
worked on eight other churches and three other parsonages, with tools as well as 
ideas, plans, and oversight; and improved 13 cemeteries. Well deserves the title 
"The Builder". Retired at Richfield. Pastor emeritus, Our Saviour, Gaston Co., 
1962-. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., and N. C. Lutheran Homes. Served 
as last appointed archivist of the synod, 1962. 

MORGAN, PAUL LOWMAN, born March 16, 1923, at Troutman. Parents: The 
Rev. John Luther and Annie Louise (Lowman) Morgan. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945; graduate study, Biblical Sem. Married 
Besi Marie Silman, Gastonia, Oct. 15, 1945. Children: Paul A., Paula Marie, Sheila 
Elizabeth. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: ULCA missionary in 
India, 1946-47; in N. C: St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1948-49; Good Shepherd, Goldsboro, 
1949-52; Philadelphia, Granite Falls, 1952-55; Center Grove, Kannapolis, 1955-61; 
co-pastor with the Rev. Samuel L. Sox, First, Greensboro, 1961-. Member, Exec. 
Comm., N. C. Synod, 1960-62, Exec. Board, 1963-; dean, Northern Dist, 1964-. 

MORGAN, WILLIAM CHAPIN, born July 2, 1939, at Pittsboro. Parents: W. B. 
and Elizabeth (Chapin) Morgan. Educated: Univ. N. C, at Chapel Hill, A.B. 1961; 
Southern Sem., 1964. Not married. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Prince of Peace, Rowan Co., 1964-. 



THE MOSER FAMILY 

Since 1812, the year in which Daniel Moser was licensed by the North 
Carolina Synod, there have been few times when the name Moser did 
not appear on the clerical roll of either the North Carolina or the Ten- 
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family first came to North Carolina, but Michael and Sophia (Reinhardt) 
Moser were living in Orange (now Alamance) Co., when their son Daniel 
was born on May 8, 1790. Through not fewer than three generations, 
descendants of this couple were active in the work of the ministry, as 
the following sketches will indicate. The church owes a debt of gratitude 
to these servants who labored so faithfully through the many years. 

MOSER, ADAM DAVID LUTHER, born Sept. 9, 1836, in South Carolina. Par- 
ents: The Rev. Jacob Moser and his wife (Peggy Counts of South Carolina). Educated 
at Newberry Coll., and Southern Sem., course interrupted by War Between the 
States. Married Eliza Frances Suber, South Carolina, Sept. 22, 1859. Children: Mary 
Elizabeth, Lillian Theodosia, Gustavus Adolphus. Licensed 1863 and ordained 1866 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Trinity, Saluda Co., S. C, 1866; in N. C: Becks- 
Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1867-68; Trinity, Cabarrus Co.-St. Enoch, Rowan 
Co., 1868-73; in S. C, Lexington Co., 1873-83; again in N. C: Cobles-Lows, Guil- 
ford Co., 1883-86, and Richland, Randolph Co., 1883-84; First, Albemarle, 1884-86; 
New Bethel, Stanly Co., 1885-87; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive-Mt. Hermon-Cold Water 
(1888), Cabarrus Co., 1886-87. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1873-74. Died July 26, 1893; 
buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte. 

MOSER, DANIEL, born May 8, 1790, in Orange (now Alamance) Co. Parents: 
Michael and Sophia (Reinhardt) Moser. No formal college or seminary education. 
Married Mary Barbara Moretz, Lincoln (now Catawba) Co., daughter of the Rev. 
Christian Moretz. Children: The Rev. Timothy Moser, (whose two sons were the 
Revs. Jason C. and John F. Moser), the Rev. Jonathan, Rebecca, Marcus. Licensed 
1812 and ordained 1819/20 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Zion, Catawba Co., 
1812-39; Bethel-Philadelphia, Gaston Co., 1814-21; Emmanuel, Lincolnton-St. Luke, 
Lincoln Co.-St. Paul, Newton (Startown), 1815-20; St, John, Catawba Co.; Mt. Mo- 
riah, Rowan Co., supply 1824, 1832 with others, 1826-29; Daniels, Lincoln Co., 
1825-34; St. Peter, Catawba Co., 1825-39; Cobles, Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, Ran- 
dolph Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1831—; organized St. Stephen, Catawba Co., 
1837-39. "In this (pastor's) office, he maintained honor, dignity, and firmness, . . . 
As a preacher, ... he was firm in the faith, and worthy of his vocation; . . . and, 
in a word, his whole life was irreproachable, as far as it is possible for that of man 
to be." Seven days before his death, he was stricken by paralysis on the road to his 
home from one of his churches. Died July 11, 1839, in his 50th year; buried at St. 
John Church, Lincoln (now Catawba) Co. 

MOSER, JACOB, born in Orange (now Alamance) Co. Parents: Michael and 
Sophia (Reinhardt) Moser. Married Peggy Counts, perhaps of Newberry Co., S. C. 
Children: Michael (died in infancy or early childhood), Elizabeth, Mary (died in 
young womanhood), Rebecca, the Rev. Adam David Luther. As member of N. C. 
Synod was preaching as early as 1810 in S. C. Licensed 1820 by N. C. Synod. 
Transferred to S. C. Synod 1824, and ordained in April 1824 by that Synod. Took 
part in organizing of S. C. Synod in Jan. and Nov. 1824, as one of the six N. C. 
Synod pastors. Churches served in S. C: In Newberry Co., St. Matthew, St. John, 
St. James, and Beth Eden; St. Jacob, Chapin; Mt. Calvary, Johnston. Died in 
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MOSER, JASON CHRYSOSTOM, born 
Nov. 18, 1849, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
The Rev. Timothy and Margaret M. (Hed- 
rick) Moser. The Rev. Daniel Moser was 
his grandfather, the Rev. Jonathan Moser 
an uncle, and the Rev. John F. Moser his 
brother. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1873, 
D.D.; studied theology under his father. 
Married Elizabeth Colclough Lee, Union 
Co., Dec. 25, 1873. Children: Arthur Lee, 
Claude Albert, Leslie Rupert, Virginia Bea- 
trice. Ordained deacon 1873 and pastor 
1876 by Tenn. Synod. In ministry of 38 
years he served 20 churches in nine N. C. 
counties: (1873-82) Mt. Moriah, Phanuel, 
and organized St. Mark, Rowan Co.; Morn- 
ing Star, Mecklenburg Co.; and Emmanuel, 
Union Co.; (1882-88, while professor, later 
president, of Concordia Coll., at Conover) 
St. Martin-Sharon, Iredell Co.; St. John, 
Concordia, and Zion, Catawba Co.; and re- 
organized Beth Eden, Newton; (1888-1911) 
Holy Trinity, Hickory; St. Paul, Startown (two years); and Calvary, Claremont-Salem, 
for 9 mos. before his death; occas. supply, Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1889; Phila- 
delphia, Granite Falls; supply with the Rev. W. P. Cline, St. John, Statesville, a few 
years; organized Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1904-06; Friendship, Alexander Co., 1906- 
07. Taught school at China Grove in first pastorate, and at other times. Professor, 
1882-88, Concordia Coll., and president, 1886-88. A founder, with the Revs. W. P. 
Cline, A. L. Crouse, and R. A. Yoder, of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1891; professor (Latin), 
1891; and member of Board of same, 1891-1906, chairman, 1891-1901. President, 
Tenn. Synod, 1888, 97, 1900, 08; and secretary, 1880. A scholarly and forceful 
preacher, learned theologian, irenic debater in theological controversy, speaker for 
the cause of temperance, orderly keeper of records, and a great teacher, he was 
referred to in one obituary as "the Christian diplomat and statesman of the Ten- 
nessee Synod in his generation," and in another it was written: "Dr. Moser was a 
well-rounded man. He was a model in all the relations of life which he sustained, 
(as) husband and father, preacher, pastor, theologian, teacher, leader in church and 
community, and practical man of affairs." Died Nov. 12, 1911, the day his resigna- 
tion was read in his church at Claremont: buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

MOSER, JOHN FRANKLIN, born April 4, 1854, in Mecklenburg Co. Parents: 
The Rev. Timothy and Margaret (Hedrick) Moser. The Rev. Daniel Moser was his 
grandfather. An older brother was the Rev. Jason C. Moser. Educated: N. C. Coll., 
A.B. 1874. Married Laura Hester Watkins, near China Grove, Dec. 26, 1881. Chil- 
dren: Frank Llewellyn, Hazel, Earle Edwin, Max Ivan, Ruth, Carl Luther, John 
Frederick. Ordained 1889 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: St. Luke 
(organized and built church), Monroe-Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1889-95; 
Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1892-95; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1895-97; Good Shep- 
herd, Mt. Holly, 1892-97. Teacher, Concordia Coll., 1884-89. Taught schools in 
Salisbury and near Mt. Moriah Church, Rowan Co., presumably between 1874 and 
1884. President, Tenn. Synod, 1894-95. Died Feb. 3, 1897, two months before 43rd 
birthday; buried at Mt. Holly. 




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MOSER, JONATHAN R., born in Lincoln (now Catawba) Co. Parents: The Rev. 
Daniel and Mary Barbara (Moretz) Moser. Mother's father was the Rev. Christian 
Moretz. A younger brother was the Rev. Timothy Moser. Educated for the min- 
istry, doubtless, under his father. Married Barbara Thomas, Sept. 7, 1848. Children: 
Anna Caroline, Selina Catherine, Abel John Franklin, Sarah Rebecca, Philo Wash- 
ington. Licensed 1836 and ordained 1837 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In 
N. C: St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1836-37; Cobles, Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, Randolph 
Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1838-39; Friendship, Alexander Co., 1844-45; 
organized Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., first called Jackson Church after meeting 
place, Jackson School, 1845-46; St. Martin, Cabarrus Co. -St. Paul, Newton (Star- 
town), 1847-48. Moved in 1851 to Mo., and served Tenn. Synod churches until 1873, 
when was dismissed with the Rev. P. C. Henkel to unite with Mo. Synod; helped 
to organize the English Conf., of that Synod. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, five terms, 
1836-48. In 1844, member of first common school board in Catawba Co., and along 
with brothers, the Rev. Timothy Moser and Marcus M. Moser, an early public school 
teacher in that county. Data as to his death and burial are not available. 




MOSER, TIMOTHY, born May 17, 1817, 
in Lincoln (now Catawba) Co. Parents: The 
Rev. Daniel and Barbara (Moretz) Moser. 
An older brother was the Rev. Jonathan R. 
Moser. Educated, doubtless, under the in- 
struction of his father. Married Margaret 
Malinda Hedrick, Sept. 8, 1848. Children: 
The Rev. Jason Chrysostom, Titus A., the 
Rev. John Franklin, Barbara Jane, Ida 
Caroline, Rosa B. Licensed 1844 and or- 
dained 1847 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: Mt. Pleasant, Watauga 
Co., 1847; Zion, Catawba Co., 1847-52; St. 
Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1848-87; St. Martin, 
1848-57, supply 1873, and Sharon, 1850-58, 
Iredell Co.; Morning Star, Mecklenburg 
Co., 1856-57; St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1856- 
59, 1867-88; St. Peter, Catawba Co., 1849- 
56; Friendship, Alexander Co., 1862-67; 
first pastor, Luther Union Church (merged 
church of Lutheran Union, Tenn. Synod, 
and Mt. Carmel, N. C. Synod, voting by 



majority of one to affiliate with Tenn. Synod), name later changed to Mt. Gilead, 
Cabarrus Co., 1887-88. Tenn. Synod secretary, 1856, president, 1862, treasurer, 
1868. Died July 25, 1900; buried at St. Martin Church, Cabarrus Co. 

MOSER, WILLIAM DEXTER, JR., born April 20, 1918, at Burlington. Parents: 
Dr. William Dexter and Cornelia (Hancock) Moser. Educated: Wake Forest Coll., 
2 years, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; Southern Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Mar- 
garet Elizabeth Cobb, Cherryville, daughter of the Rev. W. G. Cobb, Feb. 27, 1943. 
Children: Ronald Dexter, Davis Denton, Martha Elizabeth. Ordained 1950 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1950-52; Shades Valley, Birming- 
ham, Ala., 1952-56; Redeemer, Houston, Tex.. 1956-62; St. Mark, Corpus Christi, 
Tex., 1962-64. Transferred 1964 to N. C. Synod. Program Director, Lutheridge 
Assembly, Arden, 1964-66. Bethany, Memphis, Tenn., 1966-. 



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MURRAY, WALDO EMERSON, born Nov. 26, 1862, at Dedham, Mass. Parents: 
Walter and Jane (Huggan) Murray. Educated: Thiel Coll., A.B. 1890, A.M.; Phila- 
delphia Sem., 1893. Married Clara Diralla, 1910. Daughter: Grace. Ordained 1893 by 
Pitts. Synod. Churches served: In Ontario, New York, and Nova Scotia, 1893-1915. 
Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1915, and served Holy Trinity, Hickory, 1915-19. Trans- 
ferred to N. Y. Synod, 1920, and served St. Peter, Verona, N. Y., 1919-22. President, 
Nova Scotia Synod, 1906-09. Died Jan. 9, 1922; buried at Verona, N. Y. 

NAHOUSE, RICHARD GRAHAM, born May 22, 1938, at Passaic, N. J. Parents: 
Richard Arthur and Ottie (Robinson) Nahouse. Educated: Public schools in N. J., 
and Va.; Univ. Richmond, B.A. 1959; Southeastern Baptist Sem., B.D. 1962; special 
course, Southern Sem., 1963-64. Unmarried. Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Nazareth, Rural Hall, 1964—. 

NAU, WALTER THEODORE, born March 5, 
1908, at Crishnagiri, India. Parents: The Rev. Henry 
and Helen (Hempfing) Nau. Educated: Concordia 
Coll., A.B. 1927; Concordia Sem., B.D. 1930; Guil- 
ford Coll., A.B. 1933; Duke Univ., M.A. 1942, in- 
structor and fellow in Romance Languages, 1942-45, 
Ph.D. 1949. Married Elizabeth Ann Esch, East St. 
Louis, III, Aug. 22, 1932. Children: Lanay Marie, 
William Henry, James Michael. Ordained 1930 by 
Cent. 111. Dist, Mo. Synod. Churches served: Beth- 
any, Waynesboro, Va., and St. John, Effingham, 111., 
1928-32. Received into N. C. Synod in 1938. 
Churches served: St. Mark, China Grove, 1938-44; 
supply, First, Lexington, 1944-46, during second half 
of Pastor C. R. Ritchie's chaplaincy in World War II. 
Supply, St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1951, and other churches. Since 1945, pro- 
fessor (French, German) and head of dept., Lenoir Rhyne College. 

NEASE, SHADRACK LABAN, born March 10, 1865, in Effingham Co., Ga. A 
descendant of the Salzburger Lutheran colonists in Georgia. Parents: Frederick L. 
and Mary E. (Dasher) Nease. Educated at Newberry Coll., and Southern Sem., 1892. 
Married Maggie Lowman, Lexington Co., S. C, Sept. 14, 1894. Children: Lowell 
Lanier, Ruth, George Lowman, Elizabeth, William Lomm, Hilma. Ordained 1892 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In S. C. and Ga.; in N. C: Mt. Calvary, Clare- 
mont, 1921-24. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1924; St. James-Zion, near Waynesboro, 
Va., was his last charge. Died March 14, 1941; buried at Waynesboro, Va. 

NEIFFER, JACOB GRABENSTEIN, born Jan. 23, 1840, near Philadelphia, Pa. 
Parents: Christian and Cathrine Barbara (Grabenstein) Neiffer. Educated: Gettysburg 
Coll., two years; Franklin & Marshall Coll., A.B. 1865, A.M. 1871; Philadelphia 
Sem., 1868; Wittenberg Univ., D.D. 1903. Never married. Ordained 1868 by Min. 
of Pa. Churches served: In Richmond, Va., 1868-70; in N. C: St. John, Salisbury. 

1870- 75; Beth Eden, Newton, 1873-75. Transferred to Ohio Synod, 1875, and served 
churches at Lima, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, 1875-1908. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 

1871- 72. President, Ohio Synod, 1902-05. Died July 29, 1924; buried at Toledo' 
Ohio. 




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NELSON, DAVID PAUL, born Feb. 17, 1935, at Pittsburgh, Pa. Parents: The 
Rev. John Emil and Lillie Dorothy (Engdahl) Nelson. Educated: Upsala Coll., A.B. 
1957; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Mary Anne Petrea, Salisbury, June 29, 
1963; spent honeymoon attending Helsinki (1963) assembly of Lutheran World Fed- 
eration and touring in Europe. Son: Vaughn Paul. Ordained 1960 by N. Y. & N. E. 
Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Timothy, Havelock- 
Shepherd of the Sea, Atlantic Beach, 1960-64; Bethany, Kannapolis, 1964—. Secre- 
tary, East. Dist, 1962-64. 

NELSON, GEORGE W., born April 21, 1894, at Brooklyn, N. Y. Educated: Muh- 
lenberg Coll., A.B. 1918; Southern Sem., 1921. Ordained 1921 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C, only as student supply, Calvary, Morganton, 1918; St. 
Luke, Summerville, S. C, 1921-26. Ministry was short, as he died in 1926; buried 
at Charleston, S. C. 

NELSON, JOHN EMIL, bom Dec. 2, 1884, in Sweden. Parents: Nils Anton and 
Amalia Josephina Nelson. Educated: Upsala Acad, and Jr. Coll., 1916; Upsala Coll., 
A.B. 1919; Augustana Sem., B.D. 1922; Univ. of Pitts. M.Ed., 1937. Married first 
Lillie Dorothy Engdahl, Port Byron, 111., June 24, 1922. Children: Dorothy Elaine, 
Bryon Emil, the Rev. David Paul. Second marriage to Ruth A. M. Armstrong, Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., Aug. 1, 1942. Ordained 1922 by Augustana Synod. Churches served: 
Waltham and Natick, Mass., 1922-30; Pittsburgh, Pa., 1930-43; Norwich and Willi- 
mantic, Conn., 1943-49; and Schenectady, N. Y., 1949-57. Retired 1957; since 1960 
in Claremont. Transferred to N. C. Synod in 1962. Supply, East Hampton, Conn., 
1957-59; supply, Ebenezer, Catawba Co., 1960-62. President, Boston and Pitts- 
burgh Dists., Augustana Synod. Member of boards of several Augustana Synod 
institutions. 

NORMAN, CLARENCE EDWARD, born 
March 12, 1892, at Prosperity, S. C. Parents: 
Victor Louis and Nina Gustelle (Wheeler) 
Norman. Educated: Univ. N. C, A.B. 1912; 
high school math teacher, two years; 
Southern Sem., 1917, B.D. 1924. Married 
Lottie Lee Wyse, Columbia, S. C, June 20, 
1917. Children: Rebecca Wyse, Kathryn 
Wheeler. Ordained 1917 by N. C. Synod. 
Missionary in Japan for General Council, 
1917-18, then for ULCA 1918-33; manag- 
ing director, interdenominational office of 
* Newspaper and Correspondence Evangelism, 

jm m mh ^y - Fukuoka, Japan, L 925-31; treasurer, Japan 

Lutheran Mission, several years. Churches 
served in N. C: Holy Trinity, Raleigh, and 
pastor to Lutheran students in Raleigh col- 
leges, 1933-49; supplied services for Luth- 
erans in Goldsboro before Good Shepherd 
was developed, 1937-38; St. Luke-Morning 
Star, Monroe, 1949-54; St. Luke only, 1954- 
61. Retired 1961 at Cary. Member and sec- 
retary, Board of Southern Sem., 1938-47. Contributed sermon, "The Secret of Great- 
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churches from Mt. Holly to Atlantic Beach. Compiler, under direction and with co- 
operation of Committee on Historical Work, of most of sketches in this volume. 

NORMAN, WADE NOLEN, born Nov. 13, 1938, in Guilford Co. Parents: Fred 
Nolen and Mary Ella (Bottoms) Norman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1962; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1965. Married Barbara Jeanne Presson, Charleston, S. C, July 
4, 1965. Ordained 1965 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, Crouse-Bethel, 
Gaston Co., 1965-. 



NORRIS, JEFFERSON LEANDER, born 
April 19, 1898, at Boone. Parents: Millard 
H. and Ida (Davis) Norris. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1923, D.D. 1951; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1927; graduate study, Univ. 
S. C. Married Mae Throneburg, Hudson, 
Oct. 10, 1928. Children: Jefferson Law- 
rence, Ida Mae, Marion Theresa (married 
the Rev. John Y. Yoder, Jr.). Ordained 1927 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Mar- 
tin, Maiden-Luthers Chapel-Salem, Lincoln 
Co., 1927-37; Kimball Memorial, Kannap- 
olis, 1937-46; Macedonia, Burlington, 1947- 
58; Grace, Hendersonville, 1958-60. Execu- 
tive director, N. C. Lutheran Homes, I960—, 
and acting superintendent, Hickory unit, 
N. C. Lutheran Homes, 1962-65; at present, 
directing raising of funds for another unit 
near Albemarle. Member and secretary, 
Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1935-55. 




OBERLY, FRANK C, born March 14, 1869, in Catasauqua Co., Pa. Parents: John 
W. and Alamida (Snyder) Oberly. Educated: Muhlenberg Coll., A.B. 1889, A.M. 
1892; Philadelphia Sem., 1892. Married Addie M. Sherman. Children: Henry, Robert. 
Ordained 1892 by Min. of Pa. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1893, and served St. 
Mark, Luray, Va., 1893-95. Transferred to Chicago Synod, 1896. Churches served: 
In 111., Ohio, and Pa., last at First Church, Washington, Pa., 1920-22. Member, 
Board of Philadelphia Sem., 1915-22. Died March 22, 1922; buried in Washington 
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OFFMAN, DAVID ISAIAH, born April 
18, 1864, at New Market, Va. Parents: Fred- 
erick and Hannah Cline (Caldwell) Offman. 
Educated: Polytechnic Inst., New Market, 
Va., A.B. 1886; theology under the Rev. 
Socrates Henkel. Married first Mary Eliza- 
beth Jones, Randolph Co., Dec. 21, 1892. 
Children: David Orlo and Otho Frederick 
(twins), Ruth Hannah, Mina Etta. Second 
marriage to Mrs. Fannie (Albright) Johnson, 
May 20, 1920. Ordained 1889 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Cobles, 
Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, Randolph Co.- 
Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1890-1902, 
1913-21; Mt. Moriah-St. Mark, Rowan Co., 
1903-12; Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co.-Mt. 
Pleasant-St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1921-40. 
Retired 1940, RFD, Burlington. Supplied 
Mt. Pleasant-St. Paul, 1940-46. Secretary, 
Tenn. Synod, 1913-18. Operated a small 
printery at Julian for church and public job 
printing. Taught school in Va. and N. C. 



Served in N. C. General Assembly, 1903. Writer of notes for Sunday School lessons 
in Our Church Paper. A noted compiler of genealogical data (unpublished) of fam- 
ilies in Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, and other counties. Died Sept. 8, 1954, in 
91st year; buried at Melanchthon Church, Randolph Co. 

ONEY, WILLIAM BURNS, born Dec. 4, 1849, near Lexington, Ky. Married first 
Catherine Groseclose, near Wytheville, Va. Children: Cora (died at 16), Sara, Thomas 
Wiggins, the Rev. Elbert E., Forest Andrew (died at 16). Second marriage to Jenette 
Remine, Washington Co., Va. Daughters: Margaret L., Willie S. Licensed 1881 and 
ordained 1882 by S. W. Va. Synod. Served churches in Va. Transferred to N. C. 
Synod, 1897. Churches served: St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1897-98; St. An- 
drew, Concord-Center Grove-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1898-1900. Transferred to 
Va. Synod, 1900, serving churches in Va., and later in Ohio and Md. Retired 1929. 
Died Aug. 11, 1939; buried in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Va. Minister son 
writes, "June 15, 1965, I completed the first fifty years of my ministry." 

ORINSON, EDWARD HOWARD, born Dec. 7, 1915, at Cleveland, Ohio. Parents: 
William Fred and Caroline Amelia (Horn) Orinson. Educated: Wittenburg Univ., 
A.B. 1938; Hamma Divinity Sch., B.D. 1942; Univ. of Mich., M.A. 1939. Married 
Marjorie Eich, Nevada, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1943. Children: Edward Luther, Marjorie Ann. 
Ordained 1942 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: In Ohio: Nevada, Nevada, 1942-44; 
First St. Mark, Toledo, 1944-48; Messiah, Urbana, 1948-58; Auburn, Springfield, 
1958-64; in N. C: Zion, Catawba Co., 1964-. 

OXNER, JASON WITHERSPOON, born Sept. 23, 1882, in Edgefield Co., S. C. 
Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1905; Southern Sem., 1908, B.D. 1925; Chicago 
Sem., B.D. 1912; graduate study, Univ. S. C. Married Julia Ector. No children. 
Ordained 1908 by Ga. Synod. Churches served: in Ga., 1908-10; in S. C, 1910-18; 
camp pastor for Lutheran soldiers, Camp Jackson, S. C, 1918. Member of Tenn. 



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Synod, 1920-23, but data of churches served not available. Served other churches 
of S. C. Synod until 1947, except for service as chaplain in U. S. Army, 1943-45; 
retired with rank of Lieut. Col. Died July 7, 1958; buried at Wittenberg Church, 
Leesville. 

PALMER, SAMUEL C, ordained deacon by Tenn. Synod at Blue Springs Church, 
Greene Co., Tenn., 1835. Served churches in Sullivan Co., Tenn., for some years. 
Voluntarily withdrew from synod, 1844. 

PARK, GEORGE HENRY CALVIN, born July 28, 
1890, in Rowan Co. Parents: Jesse Franklin and Mar- 
garet Jane (Trexler) Park. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1911; Southern Sem., 1914. Married Mary Ina 
Ballentine, Lexington, S. C, Oct. 24, 1917. Children: 
Conrad B. (Ph.D., once professor at Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., now Dean of Newberry Coll.), the Rev. Harold 
F. (professor at Southern Sem.), Robert G. (died in 
8th month), the Rev. Karl Monroe, Rachel Jane. Or- 
dained 1914 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: First 
pastor, built church, Kimball Memorial, Kannapolis, 
1914-22; first full-time pastor, built church, Lutheran 
Chapel, Gastonia, 1922-26. Transferred to S. C. 
Synod, 1926. Served churches in S. C. at Orangeburg, 
Chapin, Whitmire and Blythewood, and in Birming- 
ham, Ala. Retired 1957 at Columbia, S. C. Chairman and member of Parish Edu- 
cation Committee of N. C, Ga.-Ala. and S. C. Synods, in which synods was home 
mission pastor for 27 years. 

PARK, KARL MONROE, born June 30, 1924, at Gastonia. Parents: The Rev. 
George Henry Calvin and Mary Ina (Ballentine) Park. Educated: Clemson Univ., 
1942-44; service in U. S. Army Air Force, 1944-46; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1952, also graduate study. Married Miriam Virginia Horton, 
Salisbury, Aug. 23, 1950. Children: Mary Jane, Theresa Rachel, Robert Horton, Karl 
Henry. Ordained 1952 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: Ridge Parish, 
Lexington Co., 1952-54, and Reformation, Lancaster, 1954-57; mission developer, 
Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1957-59; in N. C: St. Mark, Rowan Co., 1959-63; St. Martin, 
Stanly Co., 1963—. In Murfreesboro, Tenn., contact pastor for Nat. Luth. Coun. at 
VA Hospital and Middle Tenn. State Coll.; also one of two pastors assisting Luth- 
eran chaplain at Seward AFB in preaching and pastoral ministry to personnel and 
their families. Writer of one week's devotions, Light For Today, July 1962. Older 
brothers are Conrad B. Park, Ph.D., one time professor of Chemistry at Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., now dean of Newberry Coll., and the Rev. Harold F. Park, Asst. Prof, 
of Christian Education at Southern Sem. 

PARKER, EMMANUEL P., born Nov. 9, 1836, in Rowan Co. Father was Drew 
Parker. Married Margaret Matilda Lentz, Rowan Co., May 13, 1858. Children: Laura 
C, Lawson D., Martin L., Sarah A., the Rev. Theodore C, Francis R., Walter L., 
Charles A., Maggie L., Flora H. Ordained 1872 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Cobles-Lows, Guilford Co., 1871-82, and Richland, Liberty, 1872-81; Nazareth- 
Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1882-87; Reformation-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1892-94, and 
Bethany, Davidson Co., perhaps at same time; Friedens-Sharon (site bought and 




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church built), Gibsonville, 1895-1901. Died Aug. 9, 1912; buried at Friedens Church, 
Guilford Co. 



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PARKER, THEODORE CALVIN, born Nov. 18, 
1866, in Rowan Co. Parents: The Rev. Emmanuel P. 
and Margaret Matilda (Lentz) Parker. Educated: 
N. C. Coll., A.B. 1896, hon. A.M. 1899; Gettysburg 
Sem., 1899. Married Mary Etta Kegley, Wytheville, 
Va., July 3, 1901. Children: Lentz Kegley, Lawson 
D., Theodore Charles, Marguerite E., Stephen E. 
Ordained 1899 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: 
In Va., 1899-1902. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1903; 
St. John, Cabarrus Co., 1902-05; St. Luke, Bear Pop- 
lar-Concordia, Rowan Co., 1905-07; Lebanon-Provi- 
dence, Rowan Co. -St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1907-12; 
St. Michael, Troutman-Amity-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 
1912-15; again in Va., 1915-25; in S. C: St. Paul- 
Grace, Gilbert, 1925-27; and St. Mark-St. Andrew, 
Blythewood, 1927-30. Retired 1930 at Pembroke, Va. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1912- 
15. Died Aug. 11, 1960 in 94th year; buried at St. John Church, Wythe Co., Va. 




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PATTERSON, CHARLES ROBERT, born May 4, 
1895, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Charles C. and 
Amanda Elizabeth (Bostian) Patterson. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1918; Southern Sem., 1921; 
graduate study, Univ. S. C, 1919-21. Married Frances 
Ruth Miller, Hickory, sister of the Revs. L. D. and 
P. L. Miller, May 22, 1921. Children: Dorothy Elaine, 
Charles Robert, Jr., Joe Miller. Ordained 1921 by 
Ga. Synod. Churches served: Zion Parish, Effingham 
Co., Ga., 1921-22; in N. C: St. Martin-Salem-Luthers 
Chapel, Maiden, 1922-26; St. Mark, China Grove, 
1926-38; Grace, Thomasville, 1938-47; St. Stephen, 
Hickory, 1947-53; mission developer, later pastor, 
Messiah, Hickory, 1953—. Member, Board of Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll. Delegate to two ULCA conventions and 
attended at own expense all others except one from 1921 to 1955 (date of report- 
ing). To 1965 in 44 years of ministry never missed or was tardy for a church service, 
and not once sick, even with a headache. 




PATTERSON, RICHARD S., born Aug. 21, 1866, in Concord. Parents: Robert 
and Annie C. (Rogers) Patterson. A half brother of the Rev. C. A. Rose. Educated: 
Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1889; Gettysburg Sem., 1892; D.D. degree. Married Clara 
Elizabeth Schwartz, near Gettysburg, Pa., Sept. 6, 1892. Children: Mrs. J. Ira Land, 
Mrs. Fred A. Hoffman, Winnifred. Ordained 1892 by Md. Synod. Churches served: 
Woodsboro (Md.) Charge, 1892-99; in Pa.: Trinity, Berlin, 1899-1906; Immanuel, 
Philadelphia, 1906-08; and Trinity, Coatesville, 1908-13. General secretary, Home 
Miss. Board, United Synod South, 1913-17, being a member of N. C. Synod during 
that period. Again in Md.: Woodsboro Charge again, 1917-25; and Salem Charge, 
Westminster, 1925-30, which he was serving at death. Died Feb. 26, 1930; buried 
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PATTERSON, ROBERT LEONID AS, 

born Feb. 20, 1871, at China Grove. Par- 
ents: Ibsen Franklin and Maria Louisa (Low) 
Patterson. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1891, 
A.M. 1894; Gettysburg Sem., 1894; Chicago 
Sem., B.D. 1901; Susquehanna Univ., D.D. 
1911. Married first Virginia A. Blackwelder, 
Mt. Pleasant, Jan. 1, 1895. Children: Frank 
Bernard, George Richard (since 1925 pro- 
fessor at Lenoir Rhyne Coll., now of Edu- 
cation and Psychology and dept. head), Ruth 
Roberta (died at age 15), Virginia Lee, 
Luther Weidner. Second marriage to Nellie 
Virginia Rhoades, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 
28, 1942. Licensed and ordained 1894 by 
Md. Synod. Churches served: Union Bridge, 
Md., 1894-99; Osborne, Ohio, 1901-02; 
Somerset, Pa., 1902-08; in N. C: St. Mark, 
Charlotte, 1908-14; Union, Rowan Co., 
1914-15; Atchison, Kan., 1915-20; Selins- 
grove, Pa., 1921-22. Professor, Western 
Sem., Fremont, Neb., 1923-28. Supply, St. 
Luke, Charlotte, 1928-29. Visiting professor, Hartwick Sem., 1929-30; same, South- 
ern Sem., 1933-34. Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1934-36, and pastor emeritus, 1936-44. 
Retired 1936 at Charlotte. Died July 18, 1944; buried at China Grove. 

PATTON, WILLIAM RANKIN, born Jan. 21, 1933, at Orlando, Fla. Parents: 
William Rankin and LaNell (Moye) Patton. Educated: Duke Univ., A.B. 1957; Phila- 
delphia Sem., B.D. 1960; Duke Divinity Sch., Th.M. 1965. Married Laura Carolyn 
McCleneghan of Florence, S. C, at Monck's Corner, S. C. Children: William R., 
Sherri LaNell, Matthew Eric. Ordained 1960 by S. C. Synod and transferred to Fla. 
Synod. Churches served: Asst. pastor, Trinity, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1960-63. Trans- 
ferred 1963 to N. C. Synod; graduate student, Duke Univ., and part-time pastor to 
Lutheran students, 1963-65; Lutheran chaplain, Duke Univ., and Univ. of N. C. 
at Greensboro, 1965—, under direction of the Lutheran Student Foundation of Dur- 
ham, which is participated in also by the American Lutheran Church. 

PEELER, J. L., born Aug. 10, 1925, in Rowan Co. Parents: Thomas Calvin and 
Elizabeth E. (Lyles) Peeler. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Ethel Loraine Sloop, Salisbury, May 17, 1946. Children: 
Carl Andrew, Paul Cromer, Timothy Welker. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Red Bank Parish, Lexington Co., S. C, 1950-52; in N. C: Pros- 
perity, Cabarrus Co., 1952-55; Holy Trinity, Reidsville, 1956-59; Bethlehem, Ca- 
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PEERY, JOHN CARNAHAN, born Feb. 
24, 1876, at Burkes Garden, Va. Parents: 
Capt. Thomas and Sarah Henrietta (Repass) 
Peery. An older brother was the Rev. R. B. 
Peery. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1900; 
instructor there two years; M.A. 1902; 
Southern Sem., 1905; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
D.D. 1919. Married first Alean Emma Mar- 
tin, Blacksburg, Va., Sept. 6, 1905. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. John C, Jr. (missionary in 
India, 1931-1960), Thomas Martin, Alean 
Elizabeth. Second marriage to Pearle Miller 
Powlas, Rowan Co., Aug. 4, 1920 (youngest 
sister to wives of the Revs. L. P. Boland 
and O. W. Aderholdt and of Misses Maude 
and Annie Powlas, long-time missionaries in 
Japan). Children: The Rev. William Powlas 
(missionary in India, since 1945), James 
Brown. Licensed and ordained 1905 by 
S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: Holy 
Trinity, Lynchburg, Va., and president of 
Marion Jr. Coll., 1905-11; president, Eliza- 




beth Coll., Salem, Va., 1911-17; in N. C: St. Andrew, Hickory, 1917-20; president, 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1920-25; supplied Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1924-25; in S. C: 
Redeemer, Newberry, 1925-31; St. Michael, Irmo, 1932-39. He made a fine con- 
tribution both as a pastor and a president of educational institutions, and left two 
sons in the ministry. Died Dec. 5, 1939; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

PEERY, ROBERT NELSON, born Feb. 1, 1910, at Burkes Garden, Va. Parents: 
Stephen Leonard and Josephine (Shawyer) Peery. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1933; Southern Sem., B.D. 1938. Married Leota Cobble, Midway, Tenn., Jan. 22, 
1939. Son: Robert Nelson, Jr. Licensed 1938 and ordained 1939 by Va. Synod. 
Churches served: Mosheim Parish, Midway, Tenn., 1939-42; organized Holy Trinity, 
Newport, Tenn., 1942-48; first pastor, Trinity, Roanoke, Va., 1948-49; in N. C: 
Beth Eden, Newton, 1950—. Secretary, vice-president, president, Western Conf., 
N. C. Synod, 1952-58. Delegate, 1960 ULCA and 1962 (merger) ULCA-LCA con- 
ventions. Member, Boards of N. C. Lutheran Homes (vice president), of Sipe's 
Orchard Home, and N. C. Council of Churches. 



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PEERY, RUFUS BENTON, born April 9, 1868, at 
Burkes Garden, Va. Parents: Capt. Thomas and Sara 
Henrietta (Repass) Peery. A younger brother was 
the Rev. John C. Peery. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1890, M.A. 1895; Gettysburg Sem., 1892; Get- 
tysburg Coll., Ph.D. 1897; Midland Coll., D.D. 1909. 
Married Annie Letitia Rich, Wytheville, Va., Aug. 
21, 1895. Children: Harold Rich, the Rev. Thomas 
Benton, Rob Roy, Paul Denver, William Wallace, 
Donald Lee. Ordained 1892 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
First missionary of United Synod South to Japan, 
1892-1903, and co-founder of the mission with the 
Rev. J. A. B. Scherer. Churches served: Immanuel, 
Philadelphia, Pa., 1904-05; St. Paul, Denver, Colo., 
1905-12; St. Mark, Polo, 111., 1919-20; in N. C: St. 
Andrew, Hickory, and professor (Philosophy), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1920-24; and Holy 
Trinity, Raleigh, 1931-33; Zion, Wooster, Ohio, 1924-31. Retired 1933 at Raleigh. 
President, Rocky Mt. Synod, 1908. Sometime member Boards of Tabitha Home and 
Wittenberg Coll. President, Midland Coll., Atchison, Kans., 1912-19. Author of "The 
Gist of Japan" (eight editions), "Lutherans in Japan", in Japanese "Religion a Ne- 
cessity to Man" and "Addresses to Young Men". Translated into Japanese The 
Common Service and Orders for Ministerial Acts, used for 25 years without re- 
vision. His pastor son writes of him: "Father was a preacher who always had an 
attentive audience or congregation, a speaker of ability and power". Numerous 
young men have stated that while in St. Andrew, Hickory, as college pastor, he was 
an influence for their decision to enter the ministry. Besides serving as president 
of Midland Coll., and teaching philosophy at Lenoir Rhyne Coll., assisted in finan- 
cial appeals for Carthage, Lenoir Rhyne, and Wittenberg Colleges. Died Oct. 25, 
1934; buried in Montlawn Cemetery, Raleigh. 

PENCE, C. H., born in Rockingham Co., Va., a son of Raders Lutheran Church, 
Timberville, Va. Ordained 1892 by Joint Synod of Ohio. Transferred 1912 to Tenn. 
Synod from Chicago Synod. In N. C: served Mt. Moriah-St. Mark, Rowan Co., 
1912-14. Dismissed to Joint Synod of Ohio, 1914; served churches in 111. and Ind. 
Died 1947; buried at Wabash, Ind. 

PENCE, EDGAR ZIRKLE, born May 8, 1893, in Rockingham Co., Va. Parents: 
The Rev. Martin Luther and Annie (Zirkle) Pence. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1913, D.D. 1941; Chicago Sem., 1916. Married Ethel Evans, Manassas, Va., 
May 8, 1918. Children: Annie Vivian, Marie Elizabeth, Edgar Zirkle, Jr., Robert 
Luther. Ordained 1916 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Bethel, Manassas, Va., 
1916-23; in S. C: St. Jacob Parish, Chapin, 1923-27; Holy Trinity, Little Mountain, 
1927-42; and Trinity, Greenville, 1942-53, active at death. President, S. C. Synod, 
1937-43. Member, ULCA Parish and Church School Board, 12 years. Organized 
first Lutheran kindergarten and parochial school in S. C, at Greenville. Adviser for 
Alcoholics Anonymous for City of Greenville, S. C. Died Sept. 14, 1953; buried 
at Greenville, S. C. 

PENCE, MARTIN LUTHER, born Sept. 22, 1865, at Broadway, Rockingham Co., 
Va. Parents: John P. and Mary Elizabeth (Shutters) Pence. Two brothers were min- 
isters, and two sisters married ministers. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1896; 




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also theological course there under the Rev. R. A. Yoder. Married Annie Rebecca 
Zirkle, New Market, Va., Feb. 5, 1889. Children: Seven, of whom four died in child- 
hood or youth; the others were: The Rev. Edgar Zirkle, Arthur L., and Edith (mar- 
ried the Rev. Paul C. Sigmon). Ordained 1896 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
In N. C: Daniels, Lincoln Co.-St. Mark, Gaston Co.-Grace, Catawba Co., 1896-99, 
Trinity, Vale-Cedar Grove-Davids Chapel, Lincoln Co.-Sardis, Catawba Co., 1908- 
14; Friendship-Shiloh-St. John, Alexander Co., 1924-26; in Va.: Toms Brook, five 
churches, 1899-1908; Orkney Springs, four churches, 1918-24; in S. C: St. Peter 
Parish, Chapin, 1914-18. President, Va. Conf. of Tenn. Synod, 1918-24; ably leading 
in merging that part of the merged synod (N. C. and Tenn. Synods) with the Va. 
Synod in 1924. Member, United N. C. Synod Comm. to Set Bounds of Conferences, 
1921. Tenn. Synod delegate to ULCA merger (1918) convention. Died in pulpit, 
while preaching, at Friendship Church, April 25, 1926; buried at Solomons Church, 
near Forestville, Va. 

PERRY, FRANK C ASTON, born July 19, 1924, at Kannapolis. Parents: Joseph 
Franklin and Ida Virginia (Caston) Perry. Educated: Furman Univ., A.B. 1948; 
Southern Sem., B.D., 1955; Th.M., Duke Univ., 1965. Married Martha Anne Mc- 
Daniel, Anderson, S. C, June 20, 1951. Children: Martha Anne, Elizabeth Lee, 
Frank Caston, Jr. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mission devel- 
oper and later pastor, Prince of Peace, Kinston, 1955-59; Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, 
and chaplain to Lutheran students at Univ. N. C, 1959—. 

P E S C H A U, FERDINAND WILLIAM 
ELIAS, born Feb. 17, 1849, at Clausthal- 
Tellerfeld, Hannover, Germany. Parents: 
Henry Andrew Christian Frederick and 
Wilhelmina (Muehlhahn) Peschau. Edu- 
cated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1872; Gettys- 
burg Sem., 1876; N. C. Coll., D.D. 1891. 
Married Clara J. Myers, York Springs, Pa., 
June 3, 1873. Children: Margaret Wilhel- 
mina, Linda Augusta, Cora Elizabeth, Ferdi- 
nand Henry Edward, Clara Beta, Andrew 
Luther. A grandson is the Rev. Kenneth P. 
Otten. Licensed 1873 and ordained 1876 by 
Pitts. Synod. Churches served: Nebraska 
City, Neb., and Nashville, Tenn., 1876-82; 
in N. C: St. Paul, Wilmington, 1882-92; 
(began Sunday school, 1890, built church, 
and organized St. Matthew, Wilmington, 
1892, the Rev. G. D. Bernheim becoming 
its first pastor); Greensburg, Pa., 1893-1900; 
and Miamisburg, Ohio, 1900-16. President, 
N. C. Synod, 1886-90. President, Gen. Synod 
South, 1886-87. Member, Board of N. C. Coll. Member of special comm., N. C. 
Synod, to organize its four Negro pastors and their congregations into a synod (The 
Alpha Synod of the Evang. Luth. Church of Freedmen in America), May 1889. 
Secretary, Neb. Synod and Mid. Tenn. Synod. Died March 9, 1916; buried at Miamis- 
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PETERSON, JESSE REUBEN, affectionately 
called "Father Peterson," born July 15, 1821, in Gas- 
ton Co. Married Mary A. Better, March 10, 1842. 
Children: Jane Frances, J. Alonzo, Henry Melchoir 
Muhlenberg, Melville Brown, Alice Cornelia. Li- 
censed 1843 and ordained 1846 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: In N. C: Lutheran Chapel (built 
new church, 1872), Gastonia, 1840-83; Philadelphia, 
Gaston Co., 1845-97; St. Mark, Crouse, 1847-65; St. 
Luke, Lincoln Co., 1848-54; Christ, Stanley, 1857- 
97; supplied Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1871; organized 
and built church, St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 
1876-79; Daniels, Lincoln Co., 1876-82; Good Shep- 
herd, Mt. Holly, 1884-92; Holy Communion, Dallas, 
1891-92, 1893-97. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 7 times, 
1849-73; president 5 times, 1863-83. Died May 15, 1897, at Stanley, buried at Christ 
Church there. 

PETREA, BRUNNER EUGENE, born 
Aug. 22, 1884, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
William Osborne and Anna Nancy (Lyerly) 
Petrea. A younger brother is the Rev. H. 
Smith Petrea. Educated: M. P. C. I., New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1908; taught public school 
two years in S. C; Southern Sem., 1913; 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1951. Married 
Anna Umberger, Wytheville, Va., Oct. 1, 
1919. Children: Anna Elizabeth (married 
the Rev. Herman W. Cauble), Margaret 
Lyerly. Ordained 1913 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. John-Lebanon, Wythe- 
ville, Va., 1913-19; St. Paul-Winters-Boat- 
Mt. Union, Uniontown, Md., 1919-21; in 
N. C: St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1921-28; 
St. Paul (Hardin)-Antioch-Philadelphia, Gas- 
ton Co., 1928-32; Union, Rowan Co., 1932- 
49; Nazareth, Rural Hall-Shiloh, Lewisville, 
1949-55. Retired 1955 near Concord. Sta- 
tistical secretary, N. C. Synod, 1933-58. 
Editor and business manager, N. C. Luth- 
eran, 1937-50. Member, Board of Southern Sem., 1933-37. Delegate, six ULCA 
conventions between 1918 and 1952. Died Oct. 2, 1965, at Lowman Home; buried 
at St. John Church, Cabarrus Co. 

PETREA, H. SMITH, born Nov. 1, 1888, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: William Os- 
borne and Anna Nancy (Lyerly) Petrea. An older brother was the Rev. B. E. Petrea. 
Educated: M. P. C. I., Newberry, Coll., A.B. 1912, D.D. 1935; Southern Sem., 1915. 
Married Gaynell Crapps, Columbia, S. C, Nov. 29, 1916. Daughter: Nell. Ordained 
1915 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C; all in S. C: White Rock, 
Graniteville, Elloree, Chapin, Rock Hill (also pastor to Lutheran students at Win- 
throp Coll.), and Prosperity, 1915-1959. Retired 1959 at Prosperity. Supplied Mace- 





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donia, Newberry Co., 1961-63. Statistical secretary, S. C. Synod, 1920-45. Editor- 
manager, S. C. Lutheran, 1937-50. 

PETREA, HENRY MATTHEW, born Jan. 7, 1868, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
Laban and Frances Petrea. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1887; Philadelphia Sem., 
1891. Ordained 1892 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C.'j Trinity Mis- 
sion, Richmond, Va., 1891-93. Transferred 1893 to Allegheny Synod; served parishes 
in Pa. and W. Va. 

PETREA, RAYMOND ALLEN, born Aug. 10, 1930, in Guilford Co. Parents: Luke 
Parker and Ramelle (Palmer) Petrea. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Beatrice Lea Coble, Julian, Aug. 13, 1954. Chil- 
dren: Sylvia, Arleen, Louisa. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Timothy, Catawba Co., 1955-58. Transferred 1959 to Ga.-Ala. Synod. In Ga.: 
St. James, Brunswick, 1958-61; and Faith, Warner Robins, 1961-65; in N. C.: Holy 
Trinity, Reidsville, 1965—. Contributor to Lutheran periodicals, including Resource, 
Salt, YA Idea Book, Lutheran Men, and Luther League Topics. 

PETREA, ROBERT WILLIAM, born Nov. 23, 1844, in Cabarrus Co. Educated 
at N. C. Coll., and Philadelphia Sem. Married Sophia Louisa Bostian, China Grove, 
May 1877. Children: Charles A., John Calvin, Joseph Allen. Ordained 1876 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1876-77; in Cabarrus Co.: St. John, 
1876-87; organized and built church, Mt. Olive, 1878-82; organized and built church, 
Prosperity, 1879-87; Cold Water, 1887; Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1883-85. 
Transferred 1888 to Sou. 111. Synod; served in Murphysborough, 111., 1887-91, and 
in Neb., at Pawnee City and Hardy, 1891-1903. Died Sept. 13, 1903; buried at 
Pawnee City, Neb. 

PFLUM, HENRY J., born Dec. 28, 1892, at Reading, Pa. Parents: Henry J. and 
Ida (Eshelman) Pflum. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1918, D.D. 1930; Philadelphia 
Sem., B.D. 1921; Columbia Univ., A.M. 1923; Muhlenberg Coll., D.D. 1959. Mar- 
ried Florence Wessell, Wilmington, Sept. 7, 1921. Son: Henry C. Ordained 1921 
by Min. of Pa., and transferred to N. Y. Synod. Churches served: In N. Y.: Holy 
Trinity, Rockville Center, 1921-24, and Holy Trinity, Buffalo, 1924-43; Christ, 
Allentown, Pa., 1943-62. Retired 1962 at Wilmington, and transferred to N. C. 
Synod. In ULCA: Member, 1932-44, and president, 1938-44, of Board of American 
Missions; of Board of Foreign Missions, 1955-62; also of Comm. on Common Serv- 
ice Book, 1932-50. Chaplain, 1964 convention of N. C. Synod. 

PHILLIPPI, ALEXANDER, born July 25, 1833, in Wythe Co., Va. Parents: John 
and Mollie (Wisely) Phillippi. Educated at Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1857; and Gettysburg 
Sem.; Pa. Coll., D.D. Married Cynthia Brown, Wytheville, Va., 1860. No children. 
Licensed 1859 by N. C. Synod. First pastor of St. Mark, Charlotte, 1859-61. Trans- 
ferred to and ordained by S. W. Va. Synod, 1861. Churches served: In Va.: At 
Lynchburg, and Trinity-St. John, Wytheville, the latter parish for fifty years to his 
death. Operated Trinity Hall, Wytheville, Va., a school for boys and girls, for 21 
years. A long-time member of the Board of Roanoke Coll. Retired at Wytheville, 
Va., where died Nov. 28, 1915, and is buried. 



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PHILLIPS, CHARLES ARTHUR, born Nov. 12, 
1878, at Concord. Parents: John W. and Jennie Lou 
(Correll) Phillips. Educated: N. C. Coll., B.S. 1899; 
Southern Sem., 1902. Married first Minnie Hiller, 
Plains, Ga., June 7, 1907. Children: Charles Hiller 
(died at age two), Rosalie, the Rev. George Arthur, 
Second marriage to Mrs. Mary C. Coogle, Oglethorpe, 
Ga., 1955. Ordained 1902 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1902-04; in 
Ga.: Zion Parish, Marlow, 1904-06, and Plains Parish, 
Plains, 1906-17; Ascension, Chattanooga, Tenn., 
1917-20, and camp pastor, Camp Wheeler and Fort 
Oglethorpe, Ga., under Nat. Luth. Comm'n for Sol- 
diers and Sailors Welfare; again in Ga., at Oglethorpe 
and Plains, 1921-26; Grace, Prosperity, S. C., 1926- 
27; again in N. C: St. Mark, Mooresville, 1927-33; Haven, Salisbury, 1935-50. Orga- 
nized and supplied Atonement, North Wilkesboro, 1951. Retired 1950 at Hickory; 
from 1954 lived at Oglethorpe, Ga. Died Feb. 16, I960; buried in Catawba Memo- 
rial Park, Hickory. 




PHILLIPS, GEORGE ARTHUR, born Sept. 12, 1915, at Plains, Ga. Parents: The 
Rev. Charles Arthur and Minnie F. (Hiller) Phillips. Educated: Catawba Coll., A.B. 
1937; Southern Sem., B.D. 1940, also graduate study, and at Chicago Sem. Married 
Mary Elizabeth Hallman, Columbia, S. C, Sept. 7, 1940. Children: Charles Luther, 
Paul Douglas, Elizabeth Dee. Ordained 1940 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Bethlehem-New Jerusalem, Catawba Co., 1940-43; Mt. Calvary-St. Luke, Claremont, 
1944-46, Mt. Calvary only, 1946-47; in S. C.: St. Andrew, Charleston, and Saluda, 
1947-51. Missionary in India, 1951-57, in W. Godavari Synod of Andhra Lutheran 
Church, chiefly among illiterates of Jungle Area Tribes. Christiana, Granite Quarry, 
1958-61; St. Mark, Luray, Va., 1961-63; Faith, Conover, 1963-. 




PLESS, CHARLES RAHN, born Oct. 2, 1878, at 
Concord. Parents: John Lawson and Maiy Ruth 
(Walker) Pless. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1901; 
Southern Sem., 1904; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1912. Mar- 
ried Hallie Kate Miller, Rowan Co., May 3, 1904. 
Children: Charles Miller, the Rev. John Albert, Paul 
David. Ordained 1904 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Mt. Zion - Luthers - New Bethel, Richfield, 
1904-07; St. Michael, Troutman-Amity-St. Paul, Ire- 
dell Co., 1907-09; St. Andrew-Mt. Hermon, Concord, 
1909-11; St. John-Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., 1912- 
15; Union, Rowan Co., 1915-18; Wittenberg-Em- 
manuel, Granite Quarry, 1918-22; St. James, Rock- 
well, 1919-22; St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1922- 
30; St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1930-34; again 



St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1934-40. Retired 1940 on account of ill health, at 
Kannapolis. Died July 1, 1962; buried in Carolina Memorial Park, Concord. 

PLESS, JOHN ALBERT, born April 16, 1917, in Rowan Co. Parents: The Rev. 
Charles Rahn and Hallie Kate (Miller) Pless. Educated: M. P. C. I., Roanoke Coll., 
2 years, Duke Univ., A.B. 1937; Southern Sem., B.D. 1940. Married Beatrice Rentz 



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at Columbia, S. C, Nov. 27, 1938. Children: John Edward, Joanna Bea. Ordained 
1940 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1940-51, 
succeeding his father. Built a new church at Pilgrim after fire, 1943, and educa- 
tional building at St. Luke, 1950; St. Luke only, 1951-. Member, Board of N. C. 
Lutheran Homes, 1959—, and president, 1964-65. Chairman, Operational Comm. 
on Evangelism, 1958—. 

PLEXICO, THURMOND CLAUDE, born Oct. 10, 1928, at Columbia, S. C. 
Parents: Claude Goode and Lida Mae (Denny) Plexico. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1948; Southern Sem., B.D. 1951; graduate study, Univ. S. C. 1949; 
Princeton Sem. 1953; Inst, of Advanced Pastoral Studies, Detroit, 1964. Married 
Mary Katherine Wilhelm, Rowan Co., July 6, 1952. Son: Byron Kent. Ordained 1951 
by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Union, Rowan 
Co., 1951-53; Church of Our Savior, Jacksonville, 1953-63; St. James, Concord, 
1963-. 

PRICE, EVERETT RAY, born May 16, 1935, in Catawba Co. Parents: Floyd T. 
and Ha M. (Adams) Price. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Bernice L. Mathias, West Columbia, S. C, Aug. 10, 1958. 
Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mission developer, later pastor, 
Holy Cross, Lincolnton, 1959—. 

PRICE, JAMES PRESLEY, born June 30, 1856, in 
Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth 
Price. Educated at Concordia Coll., in both literary 
and theological courses, graduating in 1888. Married 
first Rebecca Ann Sox, Lexington Co., S. C, Dec. 12, 
1877. Children: Martha Catherine, Lucy Agnes, 
Mamie Rebecca, Jason Ambrose, Lelia Eudora, James 
Robert, Joseph Lloyd. Second marriage to Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Leonard, Lincoln Co. Licensed May and or- 
dained Dec. 1888 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
In N. C: Mt. Gilead-St. Martin, Cabarrus Co.-St. 
Martin, Stanly Co., 1888-1900; Daniels, Lincoln Co.- 
Grace, Catawba Co., 1901-06; Shiloh, Alexander Co., 
1907-09; Philadelphia, Granite Falls-Mt. Hebron, 
Hildebran, 1907-13. Retired 1913 at Hickory. Sup- 
plied St. John, Hudson, 1919, and other churches. Was noted for his memory of 
the Scriptures. Died Sept. 9, 1935; buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

RAHN, SHEPPARD SENECA, born Feb. 12, 1845, in Effingham Co, Ga. Par- 
ents: Cletus and Eliza Hannah Rahn. Educated: Newberry Coll, A.B. 1872; South- 
ern Sem, 1874. Received D.D. Thrice married: First to Martha Ida Campbell, Cross 
Hill, S. C, Jan. 26, 1875 (died July 13, 1877). Son: Robert Campbell (lived 38 days). 
Second marriage to Sallie Waring Parker, Columbia, S. C, Dec. 27, 1881 (died Jan. 
3, 1888). Children: Richard Parker (died in second year), Joseph Albion, Sarah Alice. 
Third marriage to Frances Henrietta Parker, Jacksonville, Fla, April 20, 1897 (died 
June 7, 1905). No children. Ordained 1874 by Ga. Synod. Churches served: Pre- 
sumably in S. C, until 1877 when transferred to N. C. Synod, serving (so his son 
says) "a year or so as professor at N. C. Coll," and Ebenezer, Rowan Co, 1878-79. 
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in Lexington Co., and in Newberry Co., S. C, 1885-89; St. John, Wytheville, Va., 
1889-92. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, and served in N. C: Holy Communion, Dallas, 
1892-93; supplied Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 1894; and St. Luke-Morning Star, 
1896-97; in Fla.: St. John, Jacksonville, 1897-1911 (died in service there). Wrote for 
various Lutheran periodicals. Died July 1, 1911; buried at Columbia, S. C. 

RAMSEUR, FRED M., JR., born Feb. 12, 1925, at Durham. Parents: Fred M. 
and Beulah (Propst) Ramseur. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Vera Mae Tichenor, Catawba Co., Nov. 11, 1942. Chil- 
dren: John David, Fred M., III. Ordained 1957 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Stephen, Hickory, 1957-60; Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1960-64; Holy Trinity, 
Charlotte, 1964-. 

RANKIN, WILLIAM C, licensed by Presbyterian Church; ordained pastor by 
Tenn. Synod in Buehlers Church, Sullivan Co., Tenn., September 9, 1831. At the 
convention of the Tenn. Synod in Phanuels Church, Rowan Co., he was charged 
with deviation from the Augsburg Confession. He withdrew from the synod and 
went back to the Presbyterian Church. His name was removed from the roll of the 
Tenn. Synod Sept. 15, 1832. 

RAU, HARRY LEE, JR., born May 26, 1925, at Macon, Ga. Parents: Harry Lee 
and Mary E. (Rogers) Rau. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1949; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1952. Married M. Barbara Schwarz, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 22, 1952. Sons: 
Karl Frederick, Kurt Luther. Ordained 1952 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches served: 
In Ga.: Holy Trinity, Elberton, 1952-55, and Mt. Zion-St. Luke, Oglethorpe-St. John, 
Macon Co., 1955-56; Holy Trinity, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1957-59; Good Shepherd, 
Walterboro, S. C, 1959-64; in N. C: Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, 1964-. 

RAUCH, MICHAEL, born Oct. 6, 1780, perhaps in Lexington Dist, S. C. One 
son, John, was treasurer of S. C. Synod, 1847-55. Licensed 1812 in Lau's (Lows) 
Church, Guilford Co., and ordained 1819 in St. John, Cabarrus Co., by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served were all in S. C, congregations of N. C. Synod until 1824, when 
he and five other N. C. Synod pastors organized S. C. Synod. Served some thirteen 
churches in Lexington Dist., S. C, until about 1856. Died Feb. 26, 1869; buried in 
Lexington Co., S. C. 

RECK, JOHN B., prepared for the ministry under the Rev. Samuel Simon 
Schmucker at New Market, Va. Ordained 1826 by N. C. Synod in Zion Church, 
Botetourt Co., Va. Lutheran churches in S. W. Va., at that time were members of 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: St. Michael, Troutman, 1825-30; St. John, 
Salisbury-Union, Rowan Co., 1826-31. Transferred to Md. Synod, 1831; was ap- 
pointed missionary in the West, which meant Ohio and adjacent states. Secretary of 
N. C. Synod, 1828-30. 

REICHARD (REICHERT), JOHN, licensed by N. C. Synod in Lau's (Lows) 
Church, Guilford Co., 1821. No further reference to him in Synod's 1953 History. 
It appears that soon after 1821 he moved to S. C, but that synod's 1924 History 
contains no reference to him. 

REITZEL, CHRISTIAN GUIDO, born March 30, 1805, in Guilford Co. Parents: 
Henry and Katrina (Moser) Reitzel. Married first Delilah Ingold, Orange Co., (now 



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Alamance Co.), Nov. 15, 1827. Children: Anderson Alexander, Mary Ann, Tempe 
Catherine, Turley Magdaline, Lucinda Caroline, Sylvina Lucinda, Margaret Julian, 
Henry John, Lydia Sarah, Jane Camila, Jerome Cass. Second marriage was to Susan 
Shook, Dec. 17, 1857. Children: Rufus Reuben, Titus Silvanus, Philo Lareston, 
Candace Ellen, Plato Samuel. Ordained 1835 deacon and 1841 pastor by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Cobles, Guilford Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co.- 
Melanchthon, Randolph Co., 1835-37; St. Peter, Catawba Co., 1839-49; Friendship, 
Alexander Co., 1842-44; Zion, Catawba Co., 1840-47; St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 
1843-45; St. Stephen, Hickory, 1845-49; supplied, with the Revs. J. R. Moser and 
P. C. Henkel, St. Paul, Newton (Startown), 1847-48. Died Oct. 25, 1870; buried 
at St. Peter Church, Catawba Co. 

RENDLEMAN, CHRISTOPHER HENRY, born March 18, 1935, at Fort Wayne, 
Ind. Parents: David Atwell and Grace (Aaron) Rendleman. An older brother is the 
Rev. Toby A. Rendleman. Educated: Davidson Coll., two years, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Susan Atherton, Spartanburg, S. C, 
Aug. 30, 1958. Children: Christopher Martin, Susan Lynn. Ordained 1959 by N. C. 
Synod and transferred to Va. Synod, 1959. Churches served: Assistant pastor, First, 
Norfolk, Va., 1959-61; Redeemer, Bristol, Tenn., 1961-. 

RENDLEMAN, TOBY AARON, born July 11, 1927, at Salisbury. Parents: David 
Atwell and Grace (Aaron) Rendelman. A younger brother is the Rev. C. H. Rendle- 
man. Educated: Catawba Coll., A.B. 1950; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953. Married 
Theresa Audry Thue at Woodlyn, Pa., Aug. 3, 1948. Children: Henry Stephen, Jane 
Ellen, Donna Margaret, Karen Eleanor. Ordained 1953 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1953-57; St. Matthew, Delphi, Ind., 1957-64; mission 
developer, Redeemer, Somerset, Ky., 1964—. 

REPASS, ELLIS ARTHUR, born Aug. 21, 1874, in Wythe Co., Va. Parents: 
Luther Kurtz and Margaret Ann (Crabtree) Repass. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1897, D.D. 1936; Philadelphia Sem., 1900; Central Univ., Indianapolis, Ind, Ph.D. 
1904. Married Mary Florence Burch, near Salem, Va, Aug. 28, 1900. Son: John H. 
Ordained 1900 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In Augusta, Shenandoah, and 
Rockingham Cos, Va, 1900-17; in N. C: Bethel-St. Paul, Rowan Co, 1917-18. 
Transferred to W. Pa. Synod, 1918. Churches in Pa, at Mercersburg, Lancaster, and 
Columbia, 1918-41. Retired 1941 at Columbia, Pa. Author of pamphlet, "Home 
Training." Contributor to "Pennsylvania Poems." Secretary, Va. Synod, 1913-17. 
Trustee, Elizabeth Coll, Salem, Va, 1915-17. 

RHOADS, HAROLD EMMETT, born Nov. 25, 1908, at Middletown, Ohio. Par- 
ents: Jesse Harley and Lillie Mae (Geering) Rhoads, who were Baptists. Educated: 
Wittenberg Univ, A.B. 1950, doubling in theology at Hamma Div. Sch, for two 
years; Southern Sem, B.D. 1951. Not married. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Assistant pastor, St. John, Salisbury, 1951-55; mission developer, 
Holy Trinity, Reidsville, 1955; Gloria Dei, Salisbury, 1960-61. Vice pastor, Messiah, 
Salisbury, and Lebanon, Davidson Co, 1963. Retired 1957 at Salisbury. Civilian 
chaplain, Veterans Administration, Washington, D. C, 1955-57. 

RHODES, CLARENCE KILLIAN, born Dec. 15, 1886, at Dallas. Parents: Oliver 
Peterson and Sarah Alice (Hoffman) Rhodes. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll, A.B. 
1910; Southern Sem, 1913. Married May Rhyne, Charlotte, Oct. 7, 1913. Children: 



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Clarence Killian, Jr., Henry Oliver, Georgie May. Ordained 1913 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: Rockingham (Va.) Parish, 1913-19. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 
and served St. Mark-Corinth, Saluda, S. C, 1919-22; in N. C.i St. Paul-Antioch- 
Philadelphia, Gaston Co., 1922-28; Madison (Va.) Parish, 1928-45. Retired 1945, on 
account of ear trouble, near Charlotte, Transferred back to N. C. Synod, 1948. 
Supplied St. Mark, Charlotte, and other churches on occasions. Died Aug. 18, 1963; 
buried in Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte. 




RHODES, GEORGE HEILIG, born Jan. 
28, 1881, at Gouldsboro, Pa. Parents: The 
Rev. George Heilig and Margaret (Walker) 
Rhodes. Father died when he was just over 
two months of age. Educated: Muhlenberg 
Coll., A.B. 1904; Philadelphia Sem., 1907; 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1939. Married 
Mary May Flowers, Gouldsboro, Pa., June 
25, 1908. Children: Paul H. (M.D.), Vir- 
ginia, (married the Rev. Albert H. Keck, 
Jr.). Ordained 1907 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
Churches served: Woman's Memorial, Pu- 
laski, Va., 1907-09. Grace, Rural Retreat, 
Va., 1909-20; St. John, Knoxville, Tenn., 
1920-22. Superintendent of Va. Synod, 
1922-27. Transferred 1927 to N. C. Synod; 
served First, Albemarle, 1927-48. Retired 
1949 at Albemarle. Supplied churches, in- 
cluding Ebenezer, Rowan Co., and Holy 
Trinity, Raleigh. After retiring, business- 
circulation manager, N. C. Lutheran, until 
his death. Secretary, treasurer, and presi- 



dent, S. W. Va. Synod. Delegate to five ULCA conventions. Member, Board of 
Southern Sem., 1939-47. Often dean of Sum. Sch. for Church Workers, before 
Lutheridge was established. Died Aug. 8, 1958; buried in Albemarle Cemetery, 
Albemarle. 

RHODES, JOHN, born Aug. 20, 1818, in Lincoln (now Gaston) Co. Parents: 
Christian and Magdalene (Rhyne) Rhodes. Ordained deacon 1841 by Tenn. Synod. 
Died Sept. 4, 1842, age 22 years, 14 days, in typhoid fever epidemic. Buried in 
family cemetery on South Fork River, near Dallas and Vestal's Ford. 

RHYNE, ALFRED DICKSON, born June 17, 1932, at Gastonia. Parents: Aldice 
Roscoe and Frances Ethel (Thornburg) Rhyne. Educated: Clemson Univ., two years, 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Mabel Llewellyn 
Graham, Gastonia, Dec. 23, 1951. Children: John Lingle, Dana Marie, Michael Gra- 
ham. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Good Shepherd, Brevard, 
1958-65; Faith, Faith, 1965-. 

RHYNE, MARVIN JACK, born May 16, 1931, in Lincoln Co. Parents: William 
Grady and Annie Gladys (Workman) Rhyne. Educated: Appalachian State Teachers 
Coll., two years, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.S. in Rel. Ed. 1956; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1959. Married Betty Jeanette King, Cabarrus Co., Aug. 19, 1956. Children: Cheryl 
Elizabeth, Mark Timothy, Lisa Antoinette. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
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RHYNE, SIDNEY WHITE, born Jan. 25, 
1894, at Charlotte. Parents: Aaron Sidney 
and Mary Margaret (White) Rhyne. Edu- 
cated: Davidson Coll., Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1918, D.D. 1938; Southern Sem., 1922; 
graduate study, Grenoble Univ., France, 
1918, and Northwestern Univ.; Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., LL.D. 1961. Married Ruth 
Naomi Dry, Concord, June 19, 1928. Chil- 
dren: Sidney White, Jr., Charles Sylvanus. 
Ordained 1922 by N. C. Synod. Service: 
Field missionary, N. C. Synod, for East- 
ern N. C, organizing and serving Trinity, 
Rocky Mount, 1922-26. Of ULCA Board 
of Parish Education: Field secretary (six 
Southern synods), 1926-31; and executive 
secretary, 1931-62, making noteworthy con- 
tribution in that field with wise leadership 
in planning and developing new church 
school curriculum of LCA, in use from 
Sept. 1964. Literary contributions: Many 
articles on parish education in ULCA, other 
church and interdenominational journals, and ULCA church school curricular and 
parish education promotional materials. Retired 1962 at Philadelphia, Pa.; now re- 
siding at Clemson, S. C. Transferred 1965 from N. C. Synod to S. C. Synod. 

RICKERT, JOHN MICHAEL, licensed Oct. 22, 1804, by N. C. Synod, at second 
convention, held in Pilgrim Church, Davidson Co. He preached some, but not reg- 
ularly, and was never ordained. No account of churches he served, or reference to 
him after 1815. 

RICKS, EDWIN LEE, born Jan. 4, 1937, at Rocky Mount. Parents: Edwin Burton 
and Margaret (Waters) Ricks. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1962. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Bessemer 
City, 1962-65; asst. pastor, St. Matthew, Charleston, S. C, 1965-. 

RIDENHOUR, CHARLES ELMORE, bom April 
4, 1893, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Luther Alexander 
and Alice Elizabeth (Barringer) Ridenhour. Edu- 
cated: M. P. C. I., Newberry Coll., A.B. 1916; South- 
ern Sem., 1919. Married Addie Marguerite Cline, 
Cabarrus Co., May 22, 1919. Children: Charles Ed- 
ward, Alice Victoria (married the Rev. W. David 
Wise) and Lillian Adelaide (twins). Ordained 1919 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul-Bethel, 
Rowan Co., 1919-28; Reformation, Davie Co., 1919- 
25; Lutheran Chapel, China Grove-Center Grove, 
Kannapolis, 1928-45; Holy Communion, Dallas, 
1945-54; mission developer, later pastor, Redeemer, 
Charlotte, 1954-58. Retired 1958 at Charlotte. Mem- 
ber, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., Southern Sem., 
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RIDENHOUR, ERNEST WINFORD, born Dec. 22, 1925, at Albemarle. Parents: 
Ernest Winford and Alice Rosetta (Goodman) Ridenhour. A younger brother is the 
Rev. W. J. Ridenhour. Educated: Duke Univ., 3 semesters, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1948; Southern Sem., B.D. 1951, also graduate study. Married Evelyn Alma Wise, 
High Point, Aug. 26, 1950. Children: Sharon Marie, Joel Ernest, Steven Paul, Mark 
Wayne, Crystal Annette. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Her- 
mon-Sharon, Iredell Co., 1951-53; Sharon only, 1953-55; St. Paul, Startown, 1955- 
62; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1962-64; Organ, Rowan Co., 1964-. 

RIDENHOUR, MARTIN LUTHER, born Oct. 10, 1880, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
John M. and Mary J. (Petrea) Ridenhour. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 

A. B. 1906; Southern Sem., 1909. Married Mary Virginia Schaeffer at Barber, June 
12, 1910. Children: Mary Kathleen, John Franklin, Elizabeth Fisher, Charles Ed- 
ward, Joseph Conrad, Robert Lee, Sarah Schaeffer (married the Rev. E. R. Line- 
berger, Jr.) Ordained 1909 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke, Bear Poplar- 
Concordia, Rowan Co., 1908-11; Bethel-St. Paul, Rowan Co., 1911-16; Reformation, 
Davie Co., 1915-16; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1917-19; supplied Em- 
manuel, Rowan Co., 1918; Organ-Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1919-22; Kimball Memorial, 
Kannapolis, 1922-37. Died May 10, 1937; buried at St. John Church, Cabarrus Co. 
Comment of one of his sons: "Although he served on various boards and committees 
of synod, ... his greatest service was in bringing hundreds into the church." 

RIDENHOUR, VICTOR CLARENCE, born May 
14, 1871, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Daniel Hazelius 
and Josephine (Petrea) Ridenhour. Educated: N. C. 
Coll., A.B. 1899; Southern Sem., 1902; Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll. D.D. 1933. Married Jessie Miriam Layton, Cres- 
ton, S. C, Oct. 14, 1903. Son: William Leighton. 
Ordained 1902 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
St. Michael, Troutman-Amity-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 
1902-05; St. Andrew-St. Michael, near Columbia, 
S. C, 1905-06; St. John, Knoxville, Tenn., 1906-12; 
in N. C: First, Albemarle, 1912-23; Emmanuel, Lin- 
colnton-St. Luke, Lincoln Co., 1923-30; Holy Trinity, 
Hickory, 1930-41. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1928-41, and Southern Sem. Died June 20, 
1941, while active in Hickory ministry; buried in 
Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory. 

RIDENHOUR, WILLIAM JACOB, born May 29, 1930, at Albemarle. Parents: 
Ernest Winford and Alice Rosetta (Goodman) Ridenhour. An older brother is the 
Rev. E. W. Ridenhour. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern Sem., 

B. D. 1955. Married Grace Allen Huffman, Rowan Co., June 6, 1953. Children: 
Carroll William, David Jacob, Alice Jo. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Holy Communion, Dallas, 1955-58; St. Paul, Rowan Co., 1958-63; mission 
developer, later pastor, St. Andrew, Chesapeake, Va., 1963—. 

RIEMENSCHNEIDER, GEORGE HENRY, was born in Germany (another source 
says, in Pendleton Co., Va.), and educated at Goettingen Univ., there. Licensed 1808 
and ordained 1818 by Min. of Pa. Transferred 1824 to Tenn. Synod from Md. Synod. 
No record is available of churches served, or of his connection with Tenn. Synod 
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RIMMER, JOHN PAUL, born April 12, 1921, at Troutman. Parents: John Frank- 
lin and Lizzie Lavina (Troutman) Rimmer. Educated: Appalachian State Teachers 
Coll., one year, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1943; Hamma Divinity Sch., 1945. Married 
Eva Bryte Bess, Cherry ville, April 8, 1944. Children: John Thomas, Martha Jane, 
Jerry Franklin. Ordained 1945 by Ohio Synod. Churches served: Hopeful-Hebron, 
Florence, Ky., 1945-48. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1948. Churches served: Grace, 
Bessemer City, 1948-52; Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1952-59; Emmanuel, Rowan 
Co., 1959-. 

RISER, GEORGE A., born about 1875 in Newberry Co., S. C. An older brother 
was the Rev. Sidney T. Riser. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1897; Southern Sem., 
(while at Newberry), 1898. Married a Miss Chapman, Newberry Co., S. C. No chil- 
dren. Ordained 1898 by N. C. Synod, and served Mt. Olive-St. Stephen, Cabarrus 
Co., 1898-99. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1899, and served Salem Church, near 
Mt. Sidney, Va., 1899-1902. Died 1902; buried at Staunton, Va., beside his older 
brother, who had served as pastor there. 

RISER, WILBER HOUCK, born Dec. 4, 1868, at Orangeburg, S. C. Parents: 
William D. and Carrie (Haigler) Riser. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1895; South- 
ern Sem., 1898; graduate study, Chicago Sem. Married Zenith Layton, St. Matthews, 
S. C, May 18, 1898. Children: Thelma, Virginia, Zenith. Ordained 1898 by Va. 
Synod. Churches served: Wardens ville, W. Va., 1898-99; near Woodstock, Va., 
1899-1901; First, Norfolk, Va., 1901-11; in N. C: St. Mark, China Grove, 1911-17. 
Transferred to Va. Synod, 1917, serving at Lynchburg for short while until health 
failed. Member of S. C. Synod, 1917-24. S. C. History (1924) gives him as serving 
in S. C, St. Stephen, Lexington, St. Matthew, Lexington Co., and St. Peter, Chapin. 
Retired 1922 at Columbia, S. C. Died March 17, 1924; buried at Orangeburg, S. C. 

RISER, YANCEY VON ALLEN, born Jan. 13, 1873, in Saluda Co., S. C. Parents: 
J. H. and Elizabeth (Etheredge) Riser. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1895; South- 
ern Sem., 1898; graduate study, Philadelphia Sem. Married Jessie Summer, New- 
berry, S. C, Nov. 27, 1902. Son: Rupert Summer. Ordained 1898 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In S. C, at Sumter and Florence, and in Newberry and Lexington 
Cos., 1898-1916; in N. C.: Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville, 1916-21. Transferred to 
S. C. Synod, 1929. Retired 1927 near Pomaria, S. C; taught in schools and oper- 
ated a dairy farm after retiring. Died Feb. 23, 1962; buried in Summer Family 
Cemetery, near Pomaria, S. C. 

RISINGER, PAUL DAVID, born May 18, 1870, 
near Leesville, S. C. Parents: Wesley and Rosa 
(Shealy) Risinger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
Newberry Coll., A.B. 1897; Southern Sem., 1898. 
Married first Ida Mae Brown, a sister of the Rev. 
Charles L. Brown, D.D., long a missionary in Japan, 
and later a secretary of ULCA Board of Foreign Mis- 
sions, Iredell Co., at Monroe, July 19, 1899. Second 
marriage to Grace Caughman, Leesville, S. C, at 
Columbia, S. C, Jan. 30, 1941. No children of either 
marriage. Ordained 1897 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 
1897-99; Holy Communion - Antioch - Philadelphia, 
Dallas, 1907-11; Trinity-Concordia, Landis, 1922-24; 
St. Stephen-St. John, Lenoir, 1924-28; Holy Trinity, 




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Troutman, 1928-36; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1928-30, 1932; in S. C: at Lone Star, 
Elloree, Ehrhardt, Lexington, and Johnston; in Ga.: at Senoia and Haralson. Retired 
1936 at Leesville, S. C, and supplied churches. Again active, 1941-47, in S. C, at 
Silverstreet, and one year in Saluda Co. Retired again 1948 at Leesville, S. C, fol- 
lowing injury in auto accident. Member and chairman, Board of Summerland Coll., 
in presidency of Dr. P. E. Monroe. Died Nov. 12, 1950; buried at Leesville, S. C. 

RITCHIE, CARL LAEMMLE, born March 28, 1932, at Charlotte. Parents: Hu- 
bert Edmund and Gertrude Eloise (McKenzie) Ritchie. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Mary Frances Brown, Danville, 
Va., Aug. 20, 1955. Children: Mary Eloise, Luther Hubert, Deborah Ruth, Martha 
Elizabeth. Ordained by N. C. Synod in 1957. Churches served: Mt. Calvary, Clare- 
mont, 1957-60; mission developer, later pastor, Church of Our Father, Greensboro, 
1961-64. Transferred 1964 to Fla. Synod, serving St. John, Jacksonville, Fla. 

RITCHIE, CLARENCE ROSS, born Oct. 18, 1900, 
at Concord. Parents: John Henry and Effie Best (Cox) 
Ritchie. Mother was a daughter of the Rev. George 
H. Cox. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1924, D.D. 1952; Southern Sem., B.D. 1927; 
Univ. S. C, M.A. 1927; Harvard Univ. Chap. Sch., 
1942. Married Barbara Ada Brady, Columbia, S. C, 
June 14, 1928. Children: Barbara Ada (married the 
Rev. Wayne S. Allran), the Rev. Clarence Ross, Jr. 
Ordained 1927 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Trinity, Rocky Mount, 1927-39; First, Lexington, 
1939-50, on leave 1942-46 as U.S.A. chaplain, Major, 
with service in European Theater; supplied Lebanon, 
Davidson Co., 1947-48; superintendent, Lutheran 
Southern Mountain Mission Work, Konnarock, Va., 
1951-59; mission developer, later pastor, Good Shepherd, Morristown, Tenn., 1959- 
62. Director, Christian Higher Education Year appeal, N. C. Synod, 1949-50. Lit- 
erary contributions: "American Standard of Living," M.A. thesis, bound copy in 
Univ. S. C. library; pamphlet, "Facts on Southern Mountain Work"; editor, "Konna- 
rock Echoes," 1951-59. Died, while active at Morristown, Tenn., July 15, 1962; 
buried at Holy Trinity Church, Little Mountain, S. C. 

RITCHIE, CLARENCE ROSS, JR., born Sept. 25, 1932, at Rocky Mount. Parents: 
The Rev. Clarence Ross and Barbara Ada (Brady) Ritchie. A great-grandson of the 
Rev. George H. Cox. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1957, also graduate study. Married Jo Anne Hall, Salisbury, May 22, 1955. Chil- 
dren: Janice Brady, Clarence Ross, III, Joanna Kirk, Barbara Kathryn, Camilla Hall. 
Ordained 1957 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Good Shepherd, Goldsboro, 1957- 
60; St. Andrew, Columbia, S. C, I960-. 

RITCHIE, EDWARD LEE, born March 27, 1876, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
George E. and Lundie Elizabeth (Barrier) Ritchie. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B. 1901; 
Southern Sem., 1905, B.D. 1927. Married Edith Pearl Ryan, Washington, D. C, 
June 7, 1911. Children: Lucile Elizabeth, Josephine Love, Margaret Lee. Ordained 
1905 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Organized Calvary, Spencer-Christ, East 
Spencer, 1905-07. Transferred to S. W. Va. Synod, 1907, and served at Burkes Gar- 




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den, Va., Bristol, Term., and Waynesboro, Va., 1907-22; also in Pa., 1922-38. Re- 
tired 1938, and supplied in York Co., Pa., to 1940, and in Washington, D. C, 
1940-42. Died Dec. 5, 1943; buried in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Washington, D. C. 

RITCHIE, GROVER OSCAR, born Feb. 12, 1886, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: Solo- 
man Monroe and Mary (Cress) Ritchie. Educated: M. P. C. I., Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1909; Southern Sem., 1913. Married Alma Ridenhour, Cabarrus Co., Dec. 28, 1910. 
Children: Harold A., Voigt, Eugene, Grover Oscar, Jr., Paul E. Ordained 1913 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Salem-Grace, Rowan Co., 1913-18; Faith-Emmanuel, 
Faith, 1918-19, Faith only, 1919-26; supplied Wittenberg, Granite Quarry, 1922-26; 
Grace, Thomasville, 1926-37. Member, Board of Childrens Home, 1931-37. Died 
four days before 51st birthday, Feb. 8, 1937; buried at St. John Church, Cabarrus Co. 

RITCHIE, HOKE HENDERSON, born Sept. 20, 1916, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Gilbert Henderson and Ila C. (Brown) Ritchie. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1944. Married Clara Eunice Cook, Kannapolis, June 20, 
1944. Children: Miriam Brown and John David (adopted), Hoke Henderson, Jr., 
Martha Ila. Ordained 1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Trinity-Mt. 
Pleasant-Mt. Zion-Old Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1944-46; Daniels, Lincoln Co.- 
Grace, Catawba Co., 1946-51; Trinity, Rocky Mount, 1951-. Member, Board of 
Southern Sem., 1954-60. Statistician, N. C. Synod, 1959-62. Member, Exec. Board, 
N. C. Synod, 1962-. 

RITCHIE, JOHN ALEXANDER, born Sept. 13, 1908, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
C. E. and Lillie (Bost) Ritchie. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.S. 1931; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1935; graduate study, Univ. N. C; Presb. Sem., Louisville, Ky.; Biblical 
Sem.; Philadelphia Sem., S.T.M. 1939; Union Sem. and Columbia Univ. M.A. 1952; 
also summers, Duke Univ., N. Y. Univ., Yale Univ. Married first Julia Kidd White- 
ner, of Hickory, at York, S. C, July 1932. Son: John Kidd. Second marriage to Ama 
Lee Boyd, Corydon, Ind., Aug. 2, 1942. Daughter: Mary Lee. Ordained 1935 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1935-37; supplied First, Greens- 
boro, 1939-40; St. David, Kannapolis, 1947-51; supplied Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 
1951-52; supply, Charleston, W. Va.; Corydon and Milan, Ind., 1942-45; supply, 
Laurel and Louisville, Miss., 1945-47. Inactive in ministry, 1951-56. Supply, St. John, 
Taylorsville, 1956-65, full-time, 1965—. Part-time instructor (Bible), Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1961—. Literary contributions: "Revelation in Rhyme," a small book of Bib- 
lical poetry; "Thus Saith the Lord," a popular theology for the laity; and "The 
Father-Son Revelation," a teaching outline for Bible study. 

RITCHIE, WILEY WASHINGTON JOSEPHUS, born Sept. 24, 1867, at Faith. 
Parents: Peter Alexander and Elizabeth Camilla (Brown) Ritchie. A half brother 
of the Revs. C. L. T. and J. H. C. Fisher. Educated: N. C. Coll., 1896; Southern 
Sem., 1899. Married Anna Maria Henkel, daughter of Dr. Solon P. C. Henkel, New 
Market, Va., Oct. 25, 1899. Children: Charles Mathias, Frederick Henry, Miller 
Alfred Franklin. Ordained 1898 by Va. Synod, and transferred 1900 to N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Macedonia, Burlington-Peace, Guilford Co., 1899-1903. Trans- 
ferred 1903 to Va. Synod. Retired at Churchville, Va., where he died Sept. 27, 1953; 
buried there in Green Hill Cemetery. 

ROBERTSON, AUSTIN FULTON, JR., born Oct. 10, 1936, in Richland Co., 
S. C. Parents: Austin Fulton and Margaret (Wise) Robertson. Educated: Univ. S. C, 



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A.B. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Betty Jo Meredith, Anderson, S. C, 
at West Columbia, S. C, June 29, 1957. His parents were Methodists; hers Baptists. 
Children: Rachel Elizabeth, Bruce Meredith. Ordained 1961 by S. C. Synod and 
transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace, Liberty, 1961-63. Transferred 
1963 to S. C. Synod. 1965: Holy Cross, Charleston Heights, S. C. 

ROBERTSON, GEORGE GASTON, born Nov. 27, 1916, in Guilford Co. Parents: 
James W. and Netta B. (Cook) Robertson. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1949, 
following war service; Southern Sem. B.D. 1952. Married Zerma Plinia Smith, Cra- 
merton, Dec. 27, 1946. Children: Sylvia Lee, Megan Zerma. His and his wife's par- 
ents were Methodists. Ordained 1952 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Christ, 
East Spencer, 1952-56; Grace, Bessemer City, 1956-61; Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1961- 
64. U. S. Army Med. Corps, 30th Inf. Div., World War II, four and a half years 
to June 1945; wounded three times in combat; received Bronze Star, and five com- 
bat stars. To study (Pastoral Care), N. C. Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, 1964-65. 
Chaplain, Veterans Administration, 1965—. Transferred 1965 to Wis. -Up. Mich. 
Synod. 

ROBINSON, CARROLL LEE, born May 20, 1937, at Gastonia. Parents: John 
Hall and Roby Lee (Davis) Robinson. Educated: Warren Wilson Jr. Coll., Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Marie Anita Beatty, 
Charlotte, Aug. 16, 1958. Children: Michael William, Yvonne Carol, Gail Lanora. 
Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Trinity, Reidsville, 1962-64; 
Ascension, Wilson, 1964—. 

ROBINSON, HARRY HOOVER, JR., born June 12, 1924, High Shoals, Gaston 
Co. Parents: Harry Hoover and Lois (Hovis) Robinson. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1948; Southern Sem., B.D. 1951, graduate study also. Married Maxine 
E. Heafner, Gaston Co., June 18, 1946. Children: Pacita Yvonne, Harry Hoover, III, 
Tori Lilje. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Comforter, Bel- 
mont, 1951-63; St. Paul, Durham, 1963-. Member, Board of N. C. Lutheran Homes. 
Chairman, Comm. on Social Ministry, 1965—; and of Lutheran Student Foundation, 
Durham, 1965-. 






ROOF, EDWIN F. K., born Sept. 19, 1888, in 
Calhoun Co., S. C. Parents: Edwin J. and Ann (Ky- 
zer) Roof. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1910; 
Southern Sem, 1914; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1921. 
First wife died not long after marriage. Second mar- 
riage to Mary Ellen Wilson, Walhalla, S. C, Sept. 
19, 1918. Children: Edwin, Mary Ellen. Ordained 
1914 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Ehrhardt, 
S. C, 1914-17; Oglethorpe, Ga, 1917-19; Rincon, 
Ga, 1919-22; in N. C: St. James-Emmanuel, Rock- 
well, 1922-25; Lutheran Chapel-Center Grove, China 
Grove, 1925-28; St. Matthew, Wilmington, 1928-29; 
St. Paul, Grafton, W. Va, 1929-53; again in N. G.s 
Silver Valley-Lebanon, Davidson Co, 1953-54. Sec- 
retary, 1941-44, president, 1944-47, W. Va. Synod. 



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ROOF, FRANCIS KEITT, was born Oct. 17, 1877, 
in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Daniel James and 
Jane Esther (Buff) Roof. Brothers were the Revs. 
W. H. and W. J. Roof. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., Newberry Coll., A.B. 1897; Southern Sem., 
1900, B.D. 1927. Married first Mary Etta Campbell, 
near Lexington, S. C, Aug. 1894. Children: Naomi 
Alliene, Lila Fay (married the Rev. Victor D. Der- 
rick), the Rev. Francis Kearney (died at the age 
of 30 years), Gladys Evelyn. Second marriage to 
Claudia Ella Yount, Catawba Co., at Charleston, 
S. C, Nov. 29, 1928. No children. Ordained 1900 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served in N. C: In Catawba 
Co.: St. Timothy-St. Paul, 1900-12; Beth Eden, 
Newton, 1900-05; supplied St. Luke, 1904, and St. 
James, 1905; also Calvary, Morganton-Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1920-24; in S. C: 
Lexington Co., 1913-20, and 1924-38. Died Dec. 31, 1938; buried in Mt. Hermon 
Church Cemetery, near West Columbia, S. C. 

ROOF, LESTER ODA, born Jan. 13, 1900, at 
Lexington, S. C. Parents: Scott Elmore and Plumie 
Elizabeth (Mathias) Roof. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1926; Southern Sem., B.D. 1929. Married 
Virgie Eula Sandel, Chapin, S. C, Dec. 23, 1929. 
Children: The Rev. Lester Oda, Jr., Lowell Sandel, 
Betty Eula. Ordained 1929 by S. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Cedar Grove-St. James, Lexington Co., S. C, 
1929-45; in N. C: Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 
1945-48; Holly Grove-New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., 
1948-55; Wittenberg, Granite Quarry, 1956-. 



ROOF, LESTER ODA, JR., born July 25, 1931, at Leesville, S. C. Parents: The 
Rev. Lester Oda and Virgie Eula (Sandel) Roof. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1953; Southern Sem., B.D. 1956. Married Carolyn Doris Lackey, Kings Mountain, 
June 4, 1955. Children: Carol Elizabeth, Rebecca Jo. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Trinity, Sanford, 1956—. 

ROOF, WALTER JAMES, born Feb. 17, 1880, in 
Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Daniel James and Jane 
Esther (Buff) Roof. Two older brothers were the 
Revs. W. H. and F. K. Roof. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1907; Southern Sem., 1910; New- 
berry Coll., M.A. 1915; graduate study, Univ. S. C, ** m 
and Biblical Sem. Married Lila Buist Clute, Mt. 
Pleasant, S. C, Sept. 28, 1910. Children: James Wil- 
bur, Jack Buist, Simons Lucas, Catherine Lucas. 
Ordained 1910 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: 
In S. C, at Chapin and Newberry, 1910-15; also, 
St. Barnabas, Charleston, 1923-34, and Grace, Rock 
Hill, and as pastor to Lutheran students at Winthrop 
Coll., 1934-38; in N. C: St. Stephen, Lenoir, 1915- 
18; Emmanuel, Lincolnton-St. Luke, Lincoln Co., 





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1918-23; Trinity, Vale-Cedar Grove, Lincoln Co.-Sardis, Catawba Co., 1938-50; and 
Sharon-Peace, Gibsonville, 1950-52. Retired 1952 at Mt. Pleasant, S. C, later Rock 
Hill, S. C. Author of "History of the Lutheran Churches of Charleston, S. C," 1927, 
copies in files of Southern Sem., and S. C. Synod. Died Jan. 3, 1962; buried at Rock 
Hill, S. C. 




ROOF, WILLIE HARDEE, born Feb. 17, 1866, 
in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: Daniel James and 
Jane Esther (Buff) Roof. Two brothers were the 
Revs. F. K. and W. J. Roof. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1894; Southern Sem., 1906. Taught 
school, 1894-97. Married Corrie Magdalene Price, 
Gilbert, S. C, June 13, 1897. Children: Edna Mary, 
James Emerson, Ruth Magdalene, William Voigt, 
Frances Jane, Sara Elizabeth, Martha Price. Or- 
dained 1895 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In 
Lexington Co., S. C, 1897-1904; of Holston Synod 
in Tenn.: Blountville, 1906-13; and Greeneville, 
1913-17; Prosperity, S. C, 1917-22; again at Blount- 
ville, Tenn., 1922-26; in N. C: Daniels, Lincoln Co.- 
Grace, Catawba Co., 1926-39. Retired 1939 near 



Lincolnton. President, Holston Synod, 1913-17. Member, Home Mission Board, 
United Synod South, three years. Died May 5, 1952; buried at Daniels Church, 
Lincoln Co. 



ROSCHEN, ARNOLD, the third German pastor called for ministry to Lutheran 
churches in N. C, was born Jan. 27, 1761, at Bremen, Germany. Parents: Ludwig 
and Margarete (Harffs) Roschen. Educated: Goettingen Univ., also studying theology 
there, 1780-85, and under the Rev. Prof. Nicolai in Bremen, 1785-88. Married a 
Bremen woman, 1788. Arrived in Charleston, S. C, Nov. 28, 1788, and arrived in 
N. C, Feb. 20, 1789. No record of any children. Ordained 1788 in Germany. 
Churches served in N. C: Becks-St. Luke, Davidson Co. -Dutchman's Creek, Davie 
Co.-Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1789-1800. Bought farm of 200 acres and built 
log house, near Becks Church, Davidson Co. With Pastors Nussmann, Arends, Storch, 
and Bernhardt, took part in ordination of Robert Johnson Miller, May 20, 1794, as 
an Episcopal minister (see his sketch). To friends in Germany he once wrote: "We, 
the German Lutheran pastors here, are treated with a great degree of respect, 
seldom if ever shown anyone else ... As yet no one has ever spoken to me, no 
matter where it was, who did not hold his hat in his hand." Also about living con- 
ditions among the pastors, he wrote: "Nussmann, a good and upright man, lives on 
his plantation in very moderate circumstances. Arends, former teacher, now pastor, 
owns two beautiful plantations, is wealthy, and is a constructive force in his life 
and conduct. Storch lives as one must live who enjoys the love and respect of his 
congregations as few preachers do in Germany." Homesick for Germany he returned 
in 1800, and served a Lutheran congregation in Mulaum-Harsefeld, 1800-22. Died 
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ROSE, CHARLES ALEXANDER, born March 11, 
1857, in Rowan Co. Parents: W. A. and Ann Kathern 
(Rodgers) Rose. A half-brother was the Rev. Richard 
S. Patterson. Educated: N. C. Coll., A.B., 1880, A.M.; 
Southern Sem., 1883. Married Maria Susan Patter- 
son, Cabarrus Co., May 25, 1882. Children: J. A., 
Lizzie, R. S., Mary E., C. A., H. G., Annie C. Or- 
dained 1883 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: 
Floyd, Va., 1882-84. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 
1884; served St. Paul-Bethel, Rowan Co., 1884-99, 
and Christ, Spencer, 1884-97. President, N. C. Synod, 
1898-99, at time of death. Died at age 42 July 2, 
1899; buried at Lutheran Chapel Church, China 
Grove. 

ROSENMILLER, DAVID P., born June 22, 1809, at York, Pa. Parents: Louis and 
Rebecca P. Rosenmiller. Educated: Gettysburg Coll.; Gettysburg Sem., 1829. Mar- 
ried Mary Eliza Sheffer. No record of children. Licensed 1830 and ordained 1831 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1830-31; 
Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1830-32; St. John, Salisbury, 1831-32. Transferred to 
a Pa. synod, 1832. Served churches in Pa., 1832-80, except for one parish in Ohio, 
1840-49. Died Sept. 26, 1880; buried at Lancaster, Pa. 

ROTH, PHILIP, licensed by N. C. Synod in 1812, and preached in Guilford Co., 
1812-24. Died in 1824; buried in Guilford Co. 

ROTH, ROBERT PAUL, born Dec. 8, 1919, at Milwaukee, Wis. Parents: The 
Rev. Paul Wagner and Rose Marie (Schulzke) Roth. Educated: Carthage Coll., B.A. 
1941; Northwestern Sem., B.D. 1945; Univ. of 111., M.A. 1942: Univ. of Chicago, 
Ph.D. 1947; Roanoke Coll., D.D. 1959. Married Margaret Beckstrand, daughter of 
the Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, Rockford, 111., June 17, 1943. Children: Erik, 
Maren, Maarja, John Mark, Sonja. Ordained 1945 by N. W. Synod. Churches served 
and professorships: Epiphany, Milwaukee, Wis., 1945-46; professor, Luthergiri Sem., 
Rajahmundry, India, 1946-48; assoc. professor, Augustana Coll., Rock Island, 111., 
1948-49; St. Paul, Red Wing, Minn., 1949-53; lecturer, St. Olaf Coll., Northfield, 
Minn., 1952-53; professor (N. T.) and dean of graduate school, Southern Sem., and 
member of N. C. Synod, 1953-62; professor, Northwestern Sem., Minneapolis, Minn., 
1962—. Literary contributions: Commentaries on I Peter and II Peter in The Biblical 
Expositor series; to symposium, Stewardship in Contemporary Theology; many 
articles in various Lutheran periodicals, such as The Lutheran, The Lutheran Church 
Quarterly, Sursum Corda, The Lutheran Companion, and Luther League periodicals, 
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ROTHROCK, SAMUEL, born Nov. 26, 
1809, near Salem, Forsyth Co., fifth of nine 
children, of Huguenot ancestry. Educated: 
Gettysburg Coll., and Gettysburg Sem., 
1829-33, twice walking roundtrip from 
home (400 miles); Univ. N. C, D.D. 1888. 
Married first a Miss Hoke, Adams Co., Pa., 
perhaps in 1833. She died Aug. 21, 1836, 
near end of his pastorate in Pa., day after 
bearing a son, who died also. Second mar- 
riage to a sister of the Rev. Benjamin Arey, 
after returning to N. C. Children: Lewis H., 
(1839-1924), who served in Conf. States 
Army, became a schoolmaster, taught at 
N. C. College, and was principal of Mt. 
Pleasant Female Seminary, 1876-82, and 
Charlotte Lucetta Jane (b. 1847). Licensed 
1833 and ordained 1834 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Union, Rowan Co., -St. 
John, Salisbury, 1833-35; in Franklin and 
Fulton Cos., Pa., (16 mos.) 1835-36; again 
in N. C, 1836-89, two or 3 times in some 
churches (total years each in parenthesis): eleven in Rowan Co.: Union (6); St. Paul 
(7); Luthers (5); St. John, Salisbury (4); St. Matthew and Bethel (1 or 2); Salem and 
organized St. Luke, Bear Poplar, (6); St. Peter (14); Ebenezer (6); and longest, Organ 
(3 times for nearly 33 years, 1844-86); also, St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co., (14); New 
Bethel, Stanly Co., (1 or 2); and supply, Friedens, Guilford Co. -St. Paul, Alamance 
Co., (1 or 2). His diary in English (Dec. 8, 1834-Feb. 3, 1863, with gaps covering 
more than 5 years) is in synod's archives at Salisbury. It gives a good picture of a 
dedicated Lutheran pastor of the time in Piedmont North Carolina. Entries are short 
and factual. He preached in German and in English, sometimes in both at the same 
service. Text references are always given. He was diligent in catechizing, reconciling 
discord, visiting the sick, marrying couples (mostly in homes), and burying the dead. 
Four April confirmations at Organ Church (1851-57) were, respectively, of 46, 61, 
53, and 62 persons. He mentions some 25-30 fellow pastors, in pastoral, official, or 
social relations, nearly all of whom served in N. C, and have sketches in this book. 
He taught school at times, farmed his land, took part in civic affairs, formed tem- 
perance and education-mission societies in churches, and served synod in official 
capacity. As a neighbor and good citizen, he helped regularly the local postmaster 
to prepare his quarterly reports, wrote wills, administered estates, conducted sales 
ol property and "clerked" others, acted as guardian of minors, assisted with the mus- 
tering of troops, helped with house-rollings and barn-raisings, and did chores for 
neighbors. Voting in 1839 for the first time, he voted "for Charles Fisher for Con- 
gress and for free schools." In 1862 he made three trips to the war front to visit his 
son, who was wounded at Sharpsburg, and to preach to the troops and visit wounded 
ones in hospitals. He had bodies of some, presumably parishioners, exhumed and 
brought to Rowan Co., for burial. Treasurer of N. C. Synod 5 terms, secretary 5 
terms, and president 10 terms, 1834-80. Fellow members of synod in 1883 noted his 
50th anniversary of ordination by presenting him a gold-headed cane. Member, 
Board of Western Carolina Male Academy, and of its successor, N. C. College. Twice 
president of Southern General Synod. Mrs. Rothrock preceded him in death, some 




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time after their golden wedding anniversary. Their home was near Gold Hill, where 
he died Nov. 2, 1894; buried at Union Church, Rowan Co. 

Editorial Note: This sketch is rather long, but its length seems justified in view 
of the good picture it gives us of a dedicated and diligent pastor's ministry and 
extra-parish service. 

RUDISILL, DORUS PAUL, born April 30, 1902, 
at Cherryville. Parents: John Henry and Sarah 
Frances (Rudisill) Rudisill. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1922; Philadelphia Sem., 1 year, Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1925; graduate study: Univ. of Pa., Univ. 
S. C, M.A. 1925; Hartford Sem., S. T. M. 1932; 
Duke Univ., Ph.D. 1945. Married Robbie lone Ste- 
venson, Abbeville, S. C, Aug. 30, 1935. Children: 
Dorus Paul, Jr., Barbara lone. Ordained 1926 by 
S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Holy Communion, Dallas-Christ, 
Stanley-Bethel, Iron Station, 1925-31; re-organized 
and built church, Calvary, Morganton-Mt. Hebron, 
Hildebran, 1933-38; Calvary only, 1938-42. Mission 
developer, and pastor to Univ. N. C. Lutheran stu- 
dents, Chapel Hill, 1942-46, developing and organizing Trinity, Sanford, 1943, and 
Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, 1946. Professor (Bible, Philosophy) Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1946-. Supplied St. John, Alexander Co., 1946-54. Member, Board of Southern 
Sem., 1942-43, 1955-58. 

RUDISILL, JOHN ANDERSON, born May 28, 1856, at Long Shoals, near Lin- 
colnton. Parents: Absalom and Louisa Matilda (Speagle) Rudisill. Educated: Catawba 
Coll., Concordia Coll., A.B. 1880, also studying theology there. Married Mary Alice 
Gilbert, Mooresboro, Dec. 16, 1886. Children: Evan Leon, Winnie Ethel, Loy Alvin, 
John Arthur. Ordained 1883 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served in ministry of twelve 
years, 1883-95: In Catawba Co.: Sardis and St. Paul; in Lincoln Co.: Organized and 
served Cedar Grove, 1883-95; Daniels, 1884-94; St. Luke; and Trinity, Vale, 1883- 
95; in Gaston Co.: Antioch, 1883-95, and Lutheran Chapel (East Gastonia); at Glen 
Alpine, Burke Co., (forerunner of Calvary, Morganton), with other pastors, 1884-95. 
In twelve years of ministry baptized 695 children and adults, confirmed 425, con- 
ducted 150 funerals, and led in building of seven churches. In last several years 
taught school, also, at Ridge Acad., Vale. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1893-94. Died July 
21, 1895, of typhoid fever, aged 39 years; buried at Trinity Church, Vale. 

RUNGE, B. HENRY W., born Jan. 2, 1864, presumably in Wilmington. Parents: 
G. H. W. and Johanna Dorothea (Shultz) Runge, natives of Germany. They lived 
in Wilmington, and are buried in Oakdale Cemetery there. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., N. C. Coll., 1890; Philadelphia Sem. Ordained June 2, 1895, by N. C. Synod, 
after he had been called to serve churches in Sullivan Co., Tenn., left vacant by 
the death of the Rev. Abel J. Brown, D.D. Died thirteen days later, June 15, 1895; 
buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington. 



RUPP, JOHN CHARLES FRANCIS, born June 23, 1856, at Dayton, Pa. Edu- 
cated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. and A.M. 1878; Gettysburg Sem., 1883. Married Zelie 
Hill, June 15, 1886. Children: Louis William, John Hill. Ordained 1884 by Pitts. 



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Synod. Member of N. C. Synod, 1885-87, serving as professor at N. C. Coll. Trans- 
ferred back to Pitts. Synod, 1887. Principal, Connoquenessing Acad., Zelienople, 
Pa., 1887-90. Served churches in Pa., Ontario, Canada, and Ohio, 1890-1933. Co- 
editor, Commentary for Teachers on S. S. Lessons, 1897-1923. Died 1933; buried 
at Leechburg, Pa. 

SAFRIT, DONALD LYNN, born Nov. 23, 1935, in Rowan Co. Parents: Luther 
Lynn and Catherine (Bost) Safrit. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1962, also graduate study. Married Dolores Imogene Page at Landis, 
Sept. 19, 1956. Son: Donald Lynn, Jr., (died on fifth day). Ordained 1962 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Christ, Columbia, S. C, 1962-63; in N. C: St. Paul, Gaston 
Co., 1963-. 

SAFRIT, GARY LEE, born March 26, 1938, in Rowan Co. Parents: George Adam 
and Margie V. (Park) Safrit. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1960; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1964. Married Brenda Ann Arcuri, Hickory, Oct. 16, 1965. Ordained 
1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Timothy, Catawba Co., 1964-. 

SCHAEFER, FREDERICK WILLIAM, born Nov. 22, 1883, at New York City. 
Parents: John Christian and Amalia Melvina (Guenterberg) Schaefer. Educated: 
Wagner Coll., A.B. 1902; Philadelphia Sem., 1905; Hartford Sem., S. T. M. 1932. 
Married Else Evelyn Brahe, Brooklyn, N. Y., July 3, 1918. Children: Donald Wil- 
liam, Evelyn Elizabeth. Ordained 1905 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: Lock 
Haven, Pa., 1905-07; Brooklyn, N. Y., 1907-11; as missionary in India, 1911-14; in 
Conn.: Emmanuel, New Haven, 1915-17, and Reformation, New Britain, 1917-52. 
Retired 1952 to live in Hendersonville. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1962, when 
LCA was formed. 

SCHAEFFER, GEORGE FRANCIS, born Jan. 3, 1830, at Carmel, Preston Co., 
W. Va. Educated at Gettysburg Coll. Received D.D. degree. In business several 
years before becoming principal of Somerset (Pa.) Acad., 1857-60, also serving there 
1864-66 and 1874-78. Came to N. C, as professor at N. C. Coll., and Mont Amoena 
Sem., 1860-61. On closing of those institutions account of the war, he returned 
North. Licensed 1861 and ordained 1865 by Allegheny Synod. Other service in 
educational institutions and churches: Teaching at Cumberland, Md., and preaching 
in nearby churches, several years; parishes in Pa., at Bloomfield and Newport; vice- 
principal, Lutherville (Md.) Fern. Sem., two years; parish at Apollo, Pa., 1878-82; 
thereafter in N. C: principal, Mont Amoena Sem., 1882-83; president, N. C. Coll., 
1883-87; First, Albemarle-Mt. Carmel, Cabarrus Co., 1883-84; Mt. Hermon, Cabar- 
rus Co., 1884; St. James, Concord, 1885-86. Retired 1887 and lived at Monroe, Ga., 
until 1902, then at Whitestone, near Spartanburg, S. C. Continued as a member of 
N. C. Synod to death. Died Sept. 27, 1916; buried presumably at Spartanburg, S. C. 



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SCHAEFFER, HARRY BRENT, bom 

Aug. 30, 1891, at Newberry, S. C. Parents: 
The Rev. William C. and Jane (Hahn) 
Schaeffer. An older brother was the Rev. 
William Carl Schaeffer, Jr. Educated: New- 
berry Coll., A.B. 1910, D.D. 1927; South- 
ern Sem., 1915, B.D. 1924. Married first 
Lora Neas, Parrottsville, Tenn., Aug. 28, 
1916. Children: Dorothy Clare (married the 
Rev. John H. Koch), the Rev. William 
Brent, Margaret Elizabeth (married the 
Rev. F. G. Sturm). Second marriage to Lois 
McCartha, Leesville, S. C. Ordained 1915 
by Hoist. Synod. Churches served: Ascen- 
sion, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1915-18; in N. C: 
St. Matthew-St. Luke, Kings Mountain, 
1919-23, and organized Ascension, Shelby, 
1923; St. Matthew, Charleston, S. C, 1923- 
26; Memorial, St. Augustine, Fla., 1934-36; 
Trinity, Kansas City, Kan., 1936-38; Trinity, 
Jackson, Miss., 1938-52; Wittenberg, Lees- 
ville, S. C, 1952-57. Organized churches 




at Elberton, Ga., 1938, and at Chester and York, S. C, 1957-58. Supplied Mt. Olivet, 
Chapin, S. C, 1959-63. President, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1926-34; Schaeffer Hall 
(women's dormitory) there is named in his honor. Last secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1920- 
21, and first secretary, United N. C. Synod, 1921-23. President, Miss. Synod, 1939- 
48. Member, Board of Education, ULCA, 1950-53; Comm. on Study of Structure, 
ULCA, 1953-54; Board of Newberry Coll., 1953-. Camp pastor, World War I, 
Atlanta, Ga., 1918. Director in South, Anniversary Appeal of Board of American 
Miss., ULCA, 1938. Extra-church offices: State chairman for Miss, of Sou. Regional 
Council, 1946-50; president, Jackson (Miss.) Juvenile Council, 1944-46; hon. mem- 
ber, Miss. Poetry Soc, 1952—. Retired at Leesville, S. C. 

SCHAEFFER, J. M., ordained deacon 1843 by Tenn. Synod in St. James, Greene 
Co., Tenn., and pastor 1846 in Daniels, Lincoln Co. No record of churches served 
is available. One of seven Tenn. Synod pastors, who organized the Holston Synod, 
1860-61. Died 1885. 

SCHAEFFER, WILLIAM CARL, born Jan. 19, 1882, at Richmond, Va. Parents: 
The Rev. William C. and Jane (Hahn) Schaeffer. A younger brother is the Rev. 
H. B. Schaeffer. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1901, hon. M.A., D.D.; Southern 
Sem., 1904; graduate study, Leipzig and Berlin Univs., 1904-05; Muhlenberg Coll., 
D.D. Married Edith G. Wagner, Allentown, Pa., at Hendersonville, June 10, 1936. 
No children. Ordained 1904 by Ga. Synod. Churches served: Assistant pastor, St. 
Mark, Charlotte, and professor (Religion, Philosophy), Elizabeth Coll., Charlotte, 
1906-08; Redeemer, Atlanta, Ga., 1909-18, also organizing congregations in Lake- 
land, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn.; St. John, Allentown, Pa., 
1919-53; mission developer, later pastor, St. John, Winter Park, Fla., 1954-60, orga- 
nized in 1955 with 295 members and in 1959 having over 1,000. President, Ga. & 
Adj. States Synod, 1913-18. Secretary, Nat. Luth. Com'sn for Soldiers and Sailors, 
1917-18. In ULCA: Member, Board of Deaconess Work, 1924-32; member and 
president, Parish & Church Sch. Board, 1920-42; member and president, Board of 



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American Miss., 1942-52; and chairman, Comm. on Church Architecture, 1945-49. 
Councilor, Nat. Luth. Council, 1944-48. Member, Board of Philadelphia Sem., 1932- 
52. Active in parish ministry to death on Jan. 18, 1960, day before 78th birthday; 
buried at Allentown, Pa. 

SCHAIDT (SCHAID), JOHN GEORGE, born July 31, 1846, at Lanaconing, Md. 
Parents: Casper and Christiana Schaidt. Educated: Muhlenberg Coll., A.B. 1872; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1875. Received D.D. degree. Married Anna Stansill, 1881. No 
record of children. Ordained 1875 by Min. of Pa., and transferred to Holston Synod. 
Served a bilingual church (German-English), Knoxville, Tenn., 1875-87. Transferred 

1888 to N. C. Synod; was president and professor, N. C. Coll., 1887-89. Transferred 

1889 to Tenn. Synod; was professor (Latin, German), Concordia Coll., 1889-95. 
Transferred to S. C. Synod; in S. C.: served St. John, Walhalla, 1895-1903; St. Peter 
(Piney Woods), near Chapin, 1903-08. Served St. John, Saltzburg, Pa., 1908-09. 
President, Holston Synod, 1879. Author of "Luther's Translation of the Bible" (1882). 
Died Aug. 6, 1909; buried at New Haven, W. Va. 

SCHECK, J. D., licensed 1827 and ordained 1830 by S. C. Synod. First regularly 
called missionary of the S. C. Synod, 1827. In a mission committee report: "In two 
months the missionary rode nearly 900 miles, preached forty-seven sermons, and 
baptized twenty-six persons." Churches served: In S. C.: Mt. Calvary, Johnston, and 
St. Mark, Lexington Co., were organized from his labors about 1828; Sandy Run, 
Swansea, 1830; Mt. Pleasant, Ehrhardt, 1831-35; and St. Nicholas, Fairfax, 1836-39. 
Transferred 1841 to N. C. Synod, serving St. John, Salisbury, 1840-44; St. Matthew, 
Rowan Co., 1841-43; St. John, Cabarrus Co., 1844-57; Lutheran Chapel, China 
Grove; New Bethel, Stanly Co., 1856-57; and Friedens, Guilford Co.-St. Paul, Ala- 
mance Co., 1859-64. Transferred to E. Pa. Synod, 1865. Postmaster at China Grove 
(renamed "Lutherville" during his term), 1844-49, while pastor at Lutheran Chapel. 
Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1841; president, 1842, 45, 61. Died 1868; buried in Old 
Lutheran (St. John) Cemetery, Salisbury. 



THE SCHERER FAMILY 

Forebears of this family, so prominent in the work of the Lutheran 
Church in this country, settled in North Carolina more than two hundred 
years ago. Jacob Daniel Scherer came to America in 1751/1752. His fu- 
ture bride, Hannah Sophia Dick, followed him later, and they were 
married in Pennsylvania about 1757. The family came to North Carolina 
in 1764 and settled in Guilford County. His son Frederick, who served 
with distinction in the Revolutionary War, was the father of two sons 
who became Lutheran ministers: Jacob and Daniel. Among the descend- 
ants of these two men were many distinguished ministers, educators, ad- 
ministrators and authors. Some of the more recent members of the family 
whose work received national recognition are: Dr. J. J. Scherer, Jr., long- 
time president of the Virginia Synod, and his sister, Mrs. Katherine 
Scherer Cronk. Their father had served many years as President of 
Marion College. Among others were Dr. M. G. G. Scherer, last President 



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of the United Synod South, and first Secretary of the United Lutheran 
Church in America, and his son, Dr. Paul Ehrman Scherer, noted preach- 
er and theological professor. 

SCHERER, DANIEL, born Sept. 12, 1790, in Guilford Co. Parents: Frederick 
and Barbara (Smith) Scherer. An older brother was the Rev. Jacob Scherer. Father 
was a soldier in American Revolutionary forces. Married Rachel Kaempffcr, Aug. 2, 
1815. Children: The Rev. Jacob, Helena, John W. F., Susan Barbara, Louise R. 
(married Rev. Mr. Lesher), Maria, Daniel M., Sophia L. (married the Rev. J. Mat- 
thew Linglc), Rebecca Adaline, Julia Lavinia (married the Rev. Elias Schwartz), 
Sarah A. M., the Rev. Martin Luther Kaempffer. Licensed 1816 and ordained 1821 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lutheran Chapel, China Crove, 1820-30; St. John, 
Cabarrus Co., 1821-31; Organ, 1823-29, and Luthers, 1828-30, Rowan Co.; New 
Bethel, Stanly Co., 1824-31. From 1832 to his death (1852), still a member of N. C. 
Synod, he exercised a pioneer missionary ministry in Southern Illinois, organizing 
many churches. Long-time pastorates were in Hillsboro, 111., 12 years, and Mount 
Carmel and Jordan Creek, Wabash Co., 111., 1843-52. He was "a true and warm- 
hearted Lutheran, an able preacher in both the German and English languages . . . 
He did an immense amount of missionary work over half the state— all 'at his own 
expense', . . . always on horseback, visiting our scattered people and preaching the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ to them . . . Father Scherer may justly be regarded as 
the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in Illinois . . . Both the Missouri Synod and 
the United Lutheran Church in Illinois owe a debt of gratitude to this self-sacrific- 
ing missionary, . . . (who) had to earn his living by farming, and for a while kept 
a store." (From History of Illinois Synod, 1851-1951). Died April 4, 1852; buried in 
Sand Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, 111. 

SCHERER, GIDEON, born about 1815 or 1817 in Guilford Co. Parents: The Rev. 
Jacob and Elizabeth Scherer. A younger brother was the Rev. Simeon Scherer. 
Licensed 1840 by N. C. Synod. One of four N. C. pastors in Va., (the others, Jacob 
Scherer and Elijah Hawkins (ordained) and John Jacob Greever (licensed), who with 
two other pastors organized S. W. Va. Synod, 1842; was ordained at organizing con- 
vention. No record of pastorates is available. Founder of Colorado College. Died 
1861. 



SCHERER, JACOB, born Feb. 7, 1785, in Guil- 
ford Co. Parents: Frederick and Barbara (Smith) 
Scherer. A younger brother was the Rev. Daniel 
Scherer. Father served in American Revolutionary 
forces. Wife's name was Elizabeth. Three sons were 
the Revs. Gideon and Simeon, and John. Licensed 
1810 and ordained 1813 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Friedens-Lows, Guilford Co. -Richland, Lib- 




erty-St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1810-28; organized 
Cobles, Guilford Co., 1812-29. Associate missionary 
with the Rev. Robert J. Miller in early period of 
ministry. As a pastor of N. C. Synod, one of six 
pastors to organize S. W. Va. Synod in 1842. Later 
ministry was in Texas. Served seven one-year terms 
as secretary of N. C. Synod between 1815 and 1827; 
and two as president, 1824, 1835. Died March 2, 1860; buried at Columbus, Texas. 




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SCHERER, MELANCHTHON GIDEON GROSE- 
CLOSE, born March 17, 1861, in Catawba Co. Par- 
ents: The Rev. Simeon and Sarah Ann Jemimah 
(Roseman) Scherer. Mother died when he was 4 years 
old. The Rev. Jacob Scherer was his grandfather 
and the Rev. Daniel Scherer his uncle. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1881, A.M. 1886, D.D. 1902; 
Southern Sem., (at Salem, Va.), 1882, first honor. 
Married Alice M. C. Ehrman, Catawba Co., Oct. 20, 
1886. Children: Boy (stillborn), Mary (died at age 6), 
the Rev. Paul Ehrman. Licensed 1882 and ordained 
1883 by Va. Synod. Churches served and educational 
service: In Va., 1882-86; Grafton, W. Va., 1886-90; 
Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., 1890-93; in N. C: St. James, 
Concord, 1893-96; president, N. C. Coll., 1896-99; 
Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1898-99; in S. C: Redeemer, Newberry, 1899-1901; 
professor, Southern Sem., 1901-05; St. Andrew, Charleston, 1905-18. First secretary, 
ULCA, and ex officio member of Exec. Board, 1918-32. Last president United 
Synod South, 1914-18. Member, Jt. Comm. to Propose Const, of ULCA, and Ways 
& Means Comm. to Arrange Merger in 1918 of General Council, General Synod, 
and United Synod South, into ULCA; (last surviving president of the three general 
bodies). Member of Comm. on Common Service Book until 1931; and Comm. on 
Celebration of 400th Ann'y of Reformation in 1917. Took part in organizing Nat. 
Luth. Council, 1918, and was a Commissioner to it from ULCA, 1918-32. Member, 
Statistical and Church Yearbook Comm., ULCA, 1925-32; Board of Editors, Luth. 
World Almanac from 1924; Am. Soc. of Ch. Hist'y; Board of Managers and Ver- 
sions Comm., Am. Bible Soc; Board of Trustees, Am. Tract Soc; and Boards of 
Newberry Coll., and Southern Sem. Delegate, Univ. Conf., Stockholm, Sweden, 
1925, and World Conf., Lausanne, Switzerland, 1927. Author of book, "Christian 
Liberty and Church Unity" (1932), and co-author of Key Series, "Our Church" 
(1924). Contributed to "What is Lutheranism?" (1930). Died Nov. 9, 1932, while 
in office; buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S. C. 

SCHERER, SIMEON, born Oct. 29, 1819, in Guilford Co.; was baptized by the 
Rev. C. A. G. Storch. From age seven was brought up in Va. Parents: The Rev. 
Jacob and Elizabeth Scherer. An older brother was the Rev. Gideon Scherer. Edu- 
cated: Classical and Theol. Inst., Lexington, S. C., (forerunner of Newberry Coll., 
and Southern Sem.), 1841-42; Polytechnic Inst., New Market, Va., 1843-; and 
Gettysburg Sem., 1846—. Married three times: First to Mary Ann Davis, Salisbury, 
July 24, 1851 (died Feb. 5, 1853). Daughter Sarah E. V. Second marriage to Sarah 
Ann Jemimah Roseman, Catawba Co., Feb. 6, 1855 (died Feb. 13, 1865). Children: 
Four sons, among them the Rev. Melanchthon Gideon Groseclose. Third marriage 
to Mrs. Harriet Isabel (Brown) James, daughter of Michael and Marie Brown, Rowan 
Co., April 3, 1867. Children: Two sons, the older had died before July 1874; the 
other, the Rev. James A. B. Scherer. Licensed 1848 and ordained 1850 by S. W. Va. 
Synod. While getting education and later serving churches, taught school at times 
to supplement income. Churches served: In Giles Co., Va., 1848-51, also toured in 
Md., Va., and N. C, as agent for Roanoke Coll. Transferred 1852 to N. C. Synod, 
and served in Rowan Co.: Union, 1851-53, again 1869-72; St. John, Salisbury, 1852- 
55, again with the Rev. W. H. Cone, 1867-72; Bethel, 1862-72; Salem, 1863-68; 
St. Peter, 1868-70; Organ, 1869-70, in several of which Pastor Cone assisted; while 
in second pastorate at Union, organized both Christiana, 1871, and Christ (previously 




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called Smith's Schoolhouse), East Spencer, 1870-75; Friedens-Cobles-Lows, Guilford 
Co. -St. Paul, Alamance, 1855-58. In 1858 planned to move to Texas and serve with 
father and brothers (brother John was president of Colorado Coll.), but for family 
reasons plan was abandoned. Served St. Michael, Troutman, 1853-56; Beth Eden, 
Newton, 1860-61; and St. Paul, Alamance Co., again, 1873-76. Secretary, N. C. 
Synod, 1856; president, 1860. Died in 56th year, July 11, 1876; buried at Friedens 
Church, near Gibsonville. In his synodical file is a copy of "Notes on Life and 
Ministry of Rev. S. Scherer, Written by Himself," to July 15, 1874. 

SCHMIDT, CHARLES Z. M., and two other school teachers, Jacob Zink and 
Adam Miller, were early workers for Lutheran Church in East Tenn., in late 18th 
and early 19th centuries. Received into N. C. Synod in 1811, with nine congrega- 
tions serving in Tenn.: New Haven, Blountville; Zion, Bristol; Solomons, St. James, 
and Blue Springs, Greene Co.; Millers, Knox Co.; Sinking Springs, Midway; Im- 
manuel, Millingport; and one other. Ordained 1812 by N. C. Synod at Lincolnton. 
Zink and Miller were licensed 1814 by N. C. Synod and ordained 1820 by Tenn. 
Synod. Chiefly a school teacher, but fulfilled an extensive and valuable ministry. 
He did "the most of his ministerial work before his ordination, as he passed away 
two years afterwards, and left a large unoccupied field upon his death." Died 1814; 
buried in Tennessee. 

SCHMUCKER, GEORGE, was the son of the Rev. John Nicolas Schmucker, 
whose two brothers, John George and John Peter, were also Lutheran ministers. 
Father was for many years pastor of the Woodstock (Va.) congregation. Ordained 
1857. Transferred to Tenn. Synod, 1858, and served churches in Pendleton and 
Hardy Cos., Va., "with much self-sacrifice demanded by the difficulties of his 
widely scattered field." He and two other Tenn. Synod pastors, the Revs. James E. 
Seneker and Henry Wetzel, with their congregations, organized the Concordia 
Synod in Va., 1867; short-lived, in a few years it became a district of Joint Synod 
of Ohio. Wetzel later returned to Tenn. Synod. 

SCHMUCKER, JOHN PETER, son of John Christopher Schmucker and younger 
brother of the Revs. John George and John Nicolas Schmucker, was born soon after 
family came from Germany in 1781 and settled in Lehigh Co., Pa., for one year, 
and in Lancaster Co., Pa., for another; then moved to valley of Virginia near Wood- 
stock. "The name John is a key to the spiritual inclination of father and sons." 
Licensed 1813 at Lincolnton, when twenty congregations in Va., served by him and 
itinerant pastors were received into N. C. Synod, and ordained 1820 by N. C. Synod. 
Served N. C. Synod churches in Va.: Solomons, Forestville, 1814-20; St. Matthew, 
New Market, 1817-19; supplied Zion, Edinburg. No further data available concern- 
ing his ministry or life. A nephew, George, son of the Rev. John Nicolas Schmucker, 
also became a Lutheran minister. 



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SCHOBER, GOTTLIEB, a native of 
Germany, was reared in the Moravian 
Church and continued all his life as a 
member, yet was ordained 1810 by N. C. 
Synod, and served N. C. Synod churches. 
Churches served: Nazareth - Shiloh, also 
Hopewell, Forsyth Co., 1810-30 (1806-10 
supplied by other Moravian pastors); in 
Davidson Co.: Becks and New Jerusalem, 
1815-31, and supplied St. Luke and Pilgrim, 
1816. A Moravian record of Feb. 7, 1813, 
speaks of Pastor Schober's serving Bethle- 
hem and Beaverdam Lutheran Churches, 
near Salem, N. C, every four weeks, "and 
on the other Sundays free school is held 
there, and the young people are instructed 
in reading and singing; adults also attend," 
(an early type of Sunday School). Theo- 
logical differences between David Henkel, 
ardent and strict confessional Lutheran, 
and Schober, a Moravian ordained to serve 
Lutheran congregations, were pronounced, 
and contributed to split in N. C. Synod in 1820, resulting in organization of Tenn. 
Synod. Yet Schober was "a conscientious worker for the Lutheran Church's growth." 
Evidently he was valued by fellow members of N. C. Synod, as they elected him 
secretary for 8 one-year terms, 1810-20, president, 9 terms, 1821-31, and first treas- 
urer (none until 1812), 19 terms, 1812-31. Credited with saving some Lutheran 
churches from disintegrating, among them St. John, Salisbury. Died 1838; buried 
at Salem, N. C. 




SCHOENBERG, JOHN C. A., a native of Pennsylvania. Licensed by S. C. Synod 
at organizational convention, 1824. Transferred 1826 to N. C; supplied Kimberlin 
parish, Rural Retreat, Va., one year; was sent in 1827 to do missionary work in 
Illinois. Returned in 1828 to be ordained by N. C. Synod, reporting that: "There 
were hundreds of Lutherans scattered through 111., Ind., and Mo., entirely destitute 
of preaching by our ministers." First pastor of Union Church, near Anna, 111., 1827- 
29, and continued ministry in that state, as member of N. C. Synod. (Note: 111. Synod 
was organized in 1851). 



SCHOOLFIELD, D. S., ordained deacon 1837 by Tenn. Synod in Blue Springs 
Church, Greene Co., Tenn., and pastor 1839 in Koiners Church, Augusta Co., Va. 
Record of ministry not available. Name not listed on synodical roll after 1845. 



SCHOTT, GEORGE FREDERICK, born Nov. 3, 1913, at Newport News, Va. 
Parents: George Frederick and Ingeborg Elizabeth (Nielsen) Schott. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1937; instructor (Bible, History) there, 1937-39; D.D. 1958; 
Southern Sem., B.D. cum laude 1942; Chicago Sem., S. T. M. 1961. Married Violet 
Ruth Cauble, sister of the Rev. Herman W. Cauble, Rowan Co., Aug. 7, 1940. Son: 
George Frederick. Ordained 1942 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Andrew- 
St. Michael, near Columbia, S. C, 1942-44; first full-time pastor, Calvary, Spencer, 
1944-52. Since 1952 professor (Systematic Theol.) Southern Sem. Member of Board, 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1949-, vice-chairman, 1950-59. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1949- 



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53. Member, N. C. Synod Comm. on Historical Work, 1949-55, 1961-63. Contrib- 
uted four articles to projected "Lutheran Encyclopedia" of the Lutheran World 
Federation. Lutheran chaplain, World Boy Scout Jamboree, 1947. Awarded Silver 
Beaver, Boy Scouts of America, 1950. Member, Commission on Marriage, ULCA, 
1954-56. 

SCHRODER, HENRY ANDREW, born Aug. 7, 
1896, at Charleston, S. C. Parents: Julius N. and 
Emily M. (Lesemann) Schroder. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., before, and Charleston Coll., after service 
(1917-18) in U. S. Navy in World War I; Southern 
Sem., 1923. Married Pauline Boozer, daughter of the 
Rev. V. Y. Boozer, at Madison, Va., Aug. 7, 1923. 
Children: Margaret Pauline (married the Rev. Her- 
bert C. Wolf), Henry Andrew, Jr. Ordained 1923 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: As student orga- 
nized Ascension, Danville, Va., 1922; organized and 
built church, Grace, Rock Hill, S. C, 1923-31; St. 
Paul, Durham, 1931-63; pastor emeritus, 1963—. 
Pastor to Lutheran students at Duke Univ., for many 
years, until graduate students were called as chap- 
lains. Also, pastor to Lutheran students at Univ. N. C, Chapel Hill, 1937-42, before 
Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, was developed. In addition to pastoral duties in Durham 
and Chapel Hill was visiting pastor to Lutheran patients at Duke Hospital, and to 
servicemen at Camp Butner during World War II. 

SCHWARTZ, JOHN WILLIAM, born Jan. 8, 1834, at Gettysburg, Pa. Educated: 
Gettysburg Coll., A.B., D.D. 1891; Gettysburg Sem. Married first Kate C. Gember- 
ling, Selinsgrove, Pa., Dec. 27, 1859. Daughter: Mrs. M. M. Albeck. Second mar- 
riage to Philomena Keller, Kellersburg, Pa., April 22, 1891. No record of children. 
Licensed and ordained for Tenn. Synod by the Revs. Socrates Henkel and David M. 
Henkel. Name first found on Tenn. Synod roll in 1855, though absent at 1855 con- 
vention, and absent and excused at conventions in 1856 and 1857. Dismissed to 
Joint Synod of Ohio, 1857, and served churches in Ohio, 1857-59. Served three pas- 
torates in Pa., 1859-1919, the last at Worthington, 1867-1919. Instructor, Johnstown 
(Pa.) Acad., 1862-65. Member, Board of Gettysburg Sem., 1893-1913. Died Jan. 23, 
1919; buried at Worthington, Pa. 

SCHYLER, JULIUS C, W., licensed 1827 by N. C. Synod in St. Paul Church, 
Lincoln (now Catawba) Co. Labored in Stokes Co., 1827-28. Name not on synodical 
roll after 1828. Served as assistant to president of synod, 1827-28. 




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SEABOCH, JACOB AUGUSTUS, bom May 13, 

1905, at Hickory. Parents: Lee Jones and Ida (Huff- 
man) Seaboch. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1926; Southern Sem., B.D. 1929; graduate study, 
Emory Univ. and Univ. of Ga. Married Martha Tay- 
lor, Haralson, Ga., Aug. 14, 1931. Sons: Richard 
Taylor, Stephen Lowell. Ordained 1929 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches 
served: At Haralson and Senoia, Ga., 1929-35, Good 
Shepherd, Savannah, Ga., 1943-50. Transferred to 
N. C. Synod, 1950. Churches served: St. Mark, Row- 
an Co., 1950-59; Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1959-63; 
Grace, Liberty, 1964—. Principal, Haralson Jr. H. S., 
and Molena H. S., in Ga., 1935-43. Member, Board 
of Southern Sem., 1948-50. 

SEAGLE, H. L., educated in theology at Southern Sem., 1905; ordained that year 
by Holston Synod. Transferred 1906 to Tenn. Synod, and served Mt. Gilead and 
St. Martin Churches, Cabarrus Co., 1906-08. Va. Synod History says he served 
Millers and Zion Churches, Knox Co., Tenn., having succeeded the Rev. J. C. Wes- 
singer, but no dates are indicated. His address in 1908 was Lincolnton, and 1909-17 
Charleston, S. C, but no record is found of churches he served. He was a member 
of Tenn. Synod in 1918. 

SECHRIST, ANDREW, licensed June 1821 in Lau's (Lows) Church, Guilford Co., 
by N. C. Synod, and ordained May 1831 in Organ Church, Rowan Co. Listed (in 
Va. Synod History) as pastor of Marion-Ebenezer Parish (then of N. C. Synod), 
Smyth Co., Va., in 1820. Statements as to his synodical membership are conflicting, 
as that after being licensed in 1821 by N. C. Synod, was ordained deacon in 1823 
by Tenn. Synod; then ordained as pastor in 1831 by N. C. Synod, but membership 
was severed in May 1835, and in Sept. that year he reunited with Tenn. Synod, and 
was a member until Sept. 1837. However, N. C. Histroy (1953) lists him as serving 
Richland Church (Tenn. Synod), Randolph Co., 1852-54. 

SEEGERS, JOHN CONRAD, born Oct. 6, 1867, at Columbia, S. C. Parents: John 

C. and Mary Dorothea (Schroeder) Seegers. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1888, 

D. D. 1909; Philadelphia Sem., 1891; Muhlenberg Coll., hon. M.A. 1907. Married 
May Erwin Ide, Richmond, Va., Feb. 14, 1893. Children: John Conrad (long-time 
president, Muhlenberg Coll.), Virginia May, Florence H., L. Walter, Sarah C, Ernest 
F. Ordained 1891 by Hoist. Synod. Churches served: First, Richmond, Va., 1891-94; 
Redeemer, Albany, N. Y., 1895-1901; St. John, Easton, Pa., 1901-11; Trinity, Read- 
ing, Pa., 1911-14; St. Paul, Wilmington, 1918-21. Professor (Practical Theol.), South- 
ern Sem., 1914-18; professor, Philadelphia Sem., 1921-36. President, Home Miss. 
Board, United Synod South, 1916-18. Vice-president, Board of American Miss., 
ULCA, 1918-24. Served on committees of synods, and of General Council, United 
Synod South, and ULCA. Co-author, "An Explanation of The Common Service"; 
author, "The Church for the Ages"; and co-editor, The Lutheran Church Review, 
and "Gospel Preaching for the Day" (2 vol.). Died June 23, 1936; buried at Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

SENEKER, JAMES E., born in Sullivan Co., Tenn., a son of Zion Church. Or- 
dained deacon by Tenn. Synod 1852, and pastor 1857. Churches served: In N. C, 




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Becks-New Jerusalem-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1860-62. From 1863 to 1866 served 
Tenn. Synod churches in Va. With other pastors of Va. Special Conf. of Tenn. 
Synod, helped to organize Concordia Synod in 1866, with permission of Tenn. 
Synod. However, at scheduled date for first convention, only he and two other 
pastors (George Schmucker and Henry Wetzel) showed up. The new synod failing 
to thrive, they petitioned Joint Synod of Ohio in 1869 to receive it as its Concordia 
District. Sixteen years later (1884), after persistent pleading, Wetzel was received 
back into Tenn. Synod, but the other two pastors never returned. 

SENEKER, JOHN A., like James E. Seneker, was born son of Zion Church, in 
Sullivan Co., Tenn. Ordained deacon 1852 and pastor 1857 by Tenn. Synod, along 
with James E. Seneker. Served Solomons Church, Greene Co., Tenn. Appears to 
have been one of ten organizers of Holston Synod, Dec. 1860-Jan. 1861. For what 
reason is not known, was deposed from Holston Synod in 1870. Buried in Virginia. 

SENTER, JONAS MICHAEL, born Nov. 11, 1863, 
in Gaston Co. Parents: Jonas and Malinda (Carpen- 
ter) Senter. Educated at Gaston Coll., Dallas, and 
St. Paul's Practical Sem., Hickory; from Newberry 
Coll., D.D. 1924. Married Barbara D. Hunt, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. George L. Hunt, Newton, April 2, 
1891. Children: Olive Winifred, Lillian Ruth, Ella 
Grace, Herman Frederick, William Edward, George 
Loy, Karl Winfield, Kathryn Theodosia (died in in- 
fancy). Licensed and ordained 1890 by Joint Synod of 
Ohio. Churches served: Four churches, Petersburg, 
W. Va., 1890-1902; Bethel-Luthers Chapel, Lincoln 
Co.-St. Paul, Gaston Co., 1902-12. Transferred 1912 
to Tenn. Synod, bringing Luthers Chapel with him. 
Other churches: Becks-Holly Grove-New Jerusalem, 
Davidson Co., 1912-18; St. Martin-Mt. Hermon-Sharon, Iredell Co., 1918-20; and 
in S. C: of Tenn. Synod, Bethlehem-Mt. Horeb-St. John, Chapin, 1920-26. In 1922 
he and churches at Chapin, along with other N. C. Synod churches and pastors in 
S. C, were transferred to S. C. Synod. Salem, Rowan Co., 1926-32; again, in S. C, 
1932-34. Retired in 1934. Served on Board of Newberry Coll. Died Aug. 11, 1946, 
in Charlotte; buried at Bethel Church, Gaston Co. 

SETTLEMYRE, DANIEL J., born Oct. 19, 1851, near Hickory. Parents: Paul 
and Clara (Smith) Settlemyre. Educated: Concordia Coll., studied theology under 
the Revs. P. C. Henkel, R. A. Yoder, and J. M. Smith. Married Hester Ann Car- 
penter, Lincoln Co., April 25, 1883. Children: Ocie Clara Elenora, Polycarp Plato, 
Myrtle May, Laura Ann, Lillian Gertrude, Chloe Edith, Paul Hubert, Emma 
Blanche, Philip Adolphus. Ordained 1883 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Mt. 
Moriah, 1883-86, 1892-94, and St. Mark, 1890-92, 1893-94, Rowan Co.; Friendship, 
Alexander Co.-Philadelphia, Granite Falls, 1886-87; Sharon-St. Martin, Iredell Co., 
1886-91; organized with eight members, St. John, Statesville, and built church, 
1888-92; mission churches of Tenn. Synod in Alabama, 4 years; Cobles, Guilford 
Co.-Melanchthon, Randolph Co.-Mt. Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1903-1911. Retired 
1911, Hickory. Taught school at times to supplement income for family support. 
Died June 5, 1917; buried at New Jerusalem Church, Catawba Co. 




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SETZER, CHARLES PETER, born March 28, 1938, at Brunswick, Ga. Parents: 
The Rev. Roy Baxter and Harriet (Teufel) Setzer. An older brother is the Rev. John 
Schoneberg Setzer; the Rev. Charles M. Teufel, D.D., was his grandfather. Edu- 
cated: Washington Univ., Iowa State Univ., Colorado Univ., B.A. 1961; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1965. Ordained 1965 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Mission devel- 
oper, later pastor, Church of the Living Word, Laurinburg, 1965—. 

SETZER, JOHN SCHONEBERG, born May 1, 1934, at Brunswick, Ga. Parents: 
The Rev. Roy Baxter and Harriet (Teufel) Setzer. Educated: Univ. of Louisville, 
1951-54, St. Olaf B.A. cum laude 1955; Southern Sem. (mid. yr. at Chicago Sem.) 
B.D. cum laude 1958; Duke Univ., 1961-64, Ph.D. in Systematic Theol., 1965. 
Married Rossina Vrionides, Babylon, L. L, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1964. Ordained 1958 by 
111. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Union, Rowan Co., 1958-61; Emmanuel, 
Lincolnton, 1964—. 

SETZER, ROY BAXTER, born June 24, 1900, in Catawba Co. Parents: David 
Pinkney and Mary Ida (Hahn) Setzer. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1927; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1930; graduate study, Univ. S. C, Union Sem. Married Harriet 
Teufel, Staunton, Va., daughter of the Rev. Charles M. Teufel, Jan. 3, 1932. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. J. Schoneberg, Carole, the Rev. C. Peter, Fred Teufel, D. Grondahl, 
Roy B., Jr. Ordained 1930 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. James, Brunswick, 
Ga., 1930-38; Salem-Luther Memorial, Cocke Co., Tenn., 1938-42; St. John, Ander- 
son, Ind., 1942-47; Memorial, Louisville, Ky., 1947-55; Mizpah, St. Louis, Mo., 
1955-58; Hope, Pueblo, Col., 1958-64; in N. C: Alamance, Alamance, 1964-. 
Member, Board of Home for the Aged, Jeffersontown, in Ky. Active in evangelism 
preaching missions in cities in various parts of the country, and in work of synods 
in which he served. 

SHAFFER, J. M., ordained deacon 1843 by Tenn. Synod in St. James, Greene 
Co., Tenn., and pastor 1846 in Daniels, Lincoln Co. No record of churches served 
is available. One of seven Tenn. Synod pastors who organized the Holston Synod, 
1860-61. Grandfather of Revs. W. C. Davis and H. Grady Davis. A self-made man 
with unusual gifts as a preacher of whom his biographer wrote, "There was not a 
brother in all the synod more free from envy and jealousy". Died 1885. 

SHANER, MARTIN LUTHER, bom June 6, 1910, at Staunton, Va. Parents: 
Jacob Luther and Maggie (Hiserman) Shaner. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1932; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1935. Married Grace Aline Mayer, Columbia, S. C, May 26, 
1933. Children: Virginia C, Robert L., Loretta Jo, J. Lindsay, Janet L. Ordained 
1935 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1935-41. USAF chaplain, 1941-63, at 
Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, 1959-63. Retired from chaplaincy, 1963. Trans- 
ferred Feb. 1963 to N. C. Synod from Va. Synod. Transferred to Ohio Synod, Sept. 
1963; Board of American Missions as mission developer, Sylvania, Ohio, 1963—. 

SHEALY, JAMES F., born Nov. 3, 1939, at Little Mountain, S. C. Parents: An- 
drew Floyd and Myrtle K. (Lake) Shealy. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1961; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1965. Married Belva (Betty) Stuck, Pomaria, S. C, June 13, 
1965. Ordained 1965 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches 
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SHEALY, JEFFERSON DAVIS, born Feb. 22, 1862, near Leesville, S. C. Par- 
ents: Wiley and Jemima (Hallman) Shealy. Educated: Newberry Coll.; presumably 
attended Southern Sem. Married Katherine R. Greene. No record of children. Or- 
dained 1891 by S. C. Synod. Churches served in N. C: St. Andrew-Mt. Hermori- 
Cold Water, Concord, 1894-95. Before and after, served some fourteen churches 
in S. C, in four counties: Lexington, Newberry, Saluda, and Aiken Cos. Died Oct. 
9, 1926; buried at Leesville, S. C. 

SHEALY, PERRY EDGAR, born Sept. 2, 1880, at Prosperity, S. C. Parents: 
Samuel Luther and Sarah Catherine (Kinard) Shealy. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1 year, Newberry Coll., A.B. 1907, M.A. 1914; Southern Sem., 1910; Chicago Sem., 
B.D. 1918. Married Pearl Mae Moody, Mt. Pleasant, S. C, Nov. 13, 1910. Daughter: 
Mildred Mae. Ordained 1910 by Ga. Synod. Churches served: Rincon, Ga., 1910-12; 
Newberry, S. C, 1912-16; in N. C: Trinity, Landis-Concordia, Rowan Co., 1916-17; 
from 1918, in S. C, Va., and Tenn., last at Fincastle, Va., 1949-58. Retired 1958 
near Fincastle, Va., later near Winchester, Va. 

SHEAROUSE, OSWALD BENJAMIN, born Aug. 31, 1861, at Springfield, Ga. 
Parents: Joshua Christopher and Emma (Dasher) Shearouse. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1890; Southern Sem., 1892. Married Frances Jane Black, Saluda Co., 
S. C, Nov. 28, 1895. Children: Junius Bernard, Floyd Noah, Louise, Eleanor. Or- 
dained 1892 by Synod of Ga. & Adj. States. Churches served: In S. C, of S. C. 
and Tenn. Synods, in Edgefield, Lexington, and Newberry Cos., 1892-1912; in N. C: 
St. Enoch, Enochville-Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1912-17; St. Stephen, Lexington, S. C, 
1917-34. Died in active service, Jan. 8, 1934; buried at Prosperity, S. C. 

SHELBY, ROBERT FITZHUGH, JR., born Sept. 30, 1911, at Harbersville, Miss. 
Parents: Robert Fitzhugh and Mae (McGinnis) Shelby. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1933; Southern Sem., B.D. 1936. Married Cornelia Caldwell, Gastonia, 
April 17, 1938. Son: Robert Fitzhugh, III. Ordained 1936 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Holy Comforter, Belmont, 1936-41; Redeemer, Macon, Ga., 1941-47, also 
military service pastor; Kimball Memorial, Kannapolis, 1947-55; St. Paul, Columbia, 
S. C, 1955-64; again, Holy Comforter, Belmont, 1964—. Secretary, Service Pastors 
Ass'n, NLC, 1941-47. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1952-55, and of 
Southern Sem. Publicity Chairman, United Luth. Hour (radio), 1952-54. 

SHELL, AUSTIN FOCHT, born June 23, 1922, in Montgomery Co., Ohio. Par- 
ents: Arthur Ray and Mary Edith (Focht) Shell. Educated: Wittenberg Univ., A.B. 
1944; Hamma School of Theol., B.D. 1945; Ohio Univ., Athens, Ohio, M.A. 1961; 
Boston Univ. (1961-65), dissertation yet to be accepted for Ph.D. Married Lois 
Jeanne Rugh, daughter of the Rev. Meade A. Rugh, Charleroi, Pa., June 19, 1946. 
Children: Kathleen Lucile (deceased), Michael Austin, Margaret Ellen, Martin Chris- 
topher. Ordained 1945 by Ohio Synod. Churches served, all in Ohio: Asst. pastor, 
rural parish, Sulphur Springs, 1945-50; St. Mark, Mansfield, 1951-55; mission de- 
veloper, later pastor, Christ, and pastor to Lutheran students, Ohio Univ., Athens, 
1956-61. Doctoral studies, Boston Univ., 1961-65. Professor, Pastoral Care, Southern 
Sem., 1965-. Transferred 1965 to N. C. Synod. 



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SHENK, ELONZO ASHBY, born Sept. 24, 1868, 
at Luray, Va. Parents: William J. and Elizabeth 
(Shutters) Shenk. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1892; Philadelphia Sem., 1895. Married Katharine 
Pifer, Gravel Springs, Va., Oct. 18, 1899. Daughter: 
Katharine E. Licensed 1894 and ordained 1895 by 
Va. Synod. Churches served: Bethlehem, Waynes- 
boro, Va., 1894-98; Trinity, Newport News, Va., 
1898-1908; Augsburg, Winston-Salem, 1908-15; In- 
carnation, Baltimore, Md., 1915-18; First, Greens- 
boro, 1918-35. Retired 1935 at Greensboro, later 
Kings Mountain. Supplied Grace, 1937, 1939-41, and 
Richland, 1940-41, Liberty, and St. Luke, Bear Pop- 
lar. Member, Inner Mission Board, General Synod, 
while in Baltimore, Md., 1916-18. Member, Board of 
Childrens Home, and chairman, N. C. Comm. to raise $150,000 for new buildings. 
Died Nov. 14, 1944; buried at Kings Mountain. 




SHENK, JACOB ERNEST, born June 18, I860, 
in or near Luray, Va. Parents: John Adam and Anna 
(Hershberger) Shenk. Educated: Polytechnic Inst., 
New Market, Va.; in law at Univ. Va., and practiced 
five years; studied theology privately, perhaps. Mar- 
ried Bertha Gertrude Henkel, Waynesboro, Va., 
1890. Children: Ernest Merlin, Gordon Harry, Jay 
Ernest, Luther Virgil, Anna Henkel, Virginia Marie. 
(In 1914 sons had name changed from Shenk to 
original of Schenck, but presumably he made no 
change for himself). Licensed 1888 and ordained 
1890 by Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va.: Beth- 
lehem, near Waynesboro, 1889-90; organized Grace, 
Waynesboro, 1891-94; organized First, Norfolk, 
1894-1901; and Woodstock, 1901-05; in N. C: St. 
James, Concord, 1905-10; and First, Greensboro, 1910-15. Retired 1916 at Greens- 
boro. Died Feb. 4, 1916; buried at Waynesboro, Va. From obituary, N. C. Synod 
minutes, 1916: ". . . as a missionary he had few superiors . . . Especially noted was 
he for founding churches and remaining with them until well established ... A 
fine organizer and builder, . . . He was deeply spiritual and gifted in effectual 
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SHEPPARD, JOHN DILLON, born April 23, 
1900, in Rowan Co. Parents: N. L. and Bulah (Cog- 
gin) Sheppard. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1925; Southern Sem., 1928. Married Geor- 
gia Erma Arndt, a lineal descendant of Johann Gott- 
fried Arends (Arndt), Claremont, June 4, 1929. 
Daughter: Sonya Ann. Ordained 1928 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: St. Luke-Morning Star, 
Monroe, 1928-30; St. James-Emmanuel, Rockwell, 
1930-35, and promoted (in the depression years) 
raising of rabbits and growing of lespedeza by rural 
parishioners; Bethany, Kannapolis, 1935-43, also de- 
veloping, organizing, and building small chapel, St. 
David, Kannapolis, 1937; Ascension, Shelby, 1943- 
53; mission developer, St. Andrew, Homestead, Fla., 
1953-54; mission developer, later pastor, St. Matthew, 
Member, Boards of Childrens Home and Lowman Home 




Jacksonville, Fla., 1954-66. 
Quite effective in resettling 



of European refugees after World War II in 
1966 at Conover. 



area of Shelby and environs. Retired 



SHIPTON, CALVIN LEE, born June 18, 1909, in Rowan Co. Parents: Calvin S. 
and Dallie (Hodge) Shipton. A great-great-great-grandson of Adolph Nussmann, 
first Lutheran pastor in N. C. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1931; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1934. Married Margaret Estes, Columbia, S. C, June 14, 1934. Children: 
Lois Evelyn (killed by auto in childhood), Paul Louis (adopted), Ann Marie. Or- 
dained 1934 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Luthers-Mt. Zion-New Bethel (sup- 
plied last two, 1932-33), Richfield, 1934-38; Alamance, Alamance, 1938-49; supplied 
St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1947-49; St. John, Cabarrus Co., served by his ancestor 
Nussmann (1774-94), 1949-65; Friendship near Taylorsville, 1965-. 



SHIREY, JOHN DANIEL, born May 15, 1836, at 
or near Staunton, Va. Parents: Peter and Julia Ann 
(Kizer) Shirey. Educated: Roanoke Coll., (2nd grad- 
uating class) A.B. 1857; hon. A.M., D.D 1895; Get- 
tysburg Sem., 1860. Married Margaret Catherine 
Shaver, Botetourt Co., Va., Feb. 26, 1863. Children: 
Julia, Ella Belle, Luther S., Alma. Licensed 1860 
and ordained 1861 by Va. Synod. Churches served: 
Mt. Tabor, near Staunton, Va., 1860-67; Floyd Co., 
Va., (3), 1867-70; Beth Eden Parish (3), near New- 
berry, S. C, 1870-82; in N. C: Grace, 1882-87, and 
St. Luke-Salem, 1882-89, Rowan Co.; with the Rev. 
C. L. T. Fisher, supplied Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 
1890-92. President, N. C. Coll., 1889 to death (1896). 
Secretary, 1872, 1877, and president, 1878, S. C. 
Synod. Fervent and active in promotion of home and foreign missions; in Rowan 
Co. churches he served, the first women's societies in N. C. Lutheran churches were 
formed in 1885, leading to organizing of synodical society. Daughter Alma (Mrs. 
John M. Cook) inherited his zeal for missions; she served as treasurer of ULCA 
Women's Missionary Society for a number of years. A granddaughter of Pastor 
Shirey is Sister Miriam Shirey. Died April 5, 1896; buried at Mt. Pleasant. 




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SHUFORD, GEORGE WASHINGTON, bom Feb. 22, 1925, in Lincoln Co. Par- 
ents: Joseph Monroe and Beulah Era (Michael) Shuford. A descendant of the Rev. 
Johann Gottfried Arends (Arndt). Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.S. Chem. 1950; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1953; LWF scholarship, Neuendettelsau, Germany, 1958-59; 
graduate study, Duke Univ., and chaplain (half-time) for Lutheran students, 1959-63. 
Married Orpha Christine Ford, Caldwell Co., in Neuendettelsau, Germany, Aug. 
25, 1959. Children: Michael George, Mark David. Ordained 1953 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Mark, Caldwell Co. -Holy Communion, Banner Elk, 1953-54; 
Holy Communion, Banner Elk-Holy Trinity, Deep Gap-Bethany, Boone, 1954-58; 
Morning Star, Mecklenburg Co., 1963-66; Grace, Bessemer City, 1966-. Writer of 
the sketch of his ancestor Arends in this volume. 

SHUMATE, THOMAS JOSEPH, born Oct. 15, 1929, at Staunton, Va. Parents: 
The Rev. Alfred Ritchie and Ellen (Burkholder) Shumate. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Married Frances Ann Peninger, Con- 
cord, June 14, 1953. Children: Toni, Alfred Glenn, Jeffrey. Ordained 1954 by Va. 
Synod. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1954. Churches served: Union, Rowan Co., 
1954-58. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1958; 1965: First, Portsmouth, Va. 

SIEG, PAUL, born March 12, 1866, at Churchville, Va. Parents: Henry Bingham 
and Martha Anna (Davies) Sieg. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1887, A.M. 1892; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1892. Married Clara Frances Groseclose, Wytheville, Va., Aug. 
20, 1902. Children: Paul, Jr., Katharine Groseclose, Martha Davies. Ordained 1892 
by Virginia Synod. Churches served: In Va.: at Wytheville, Radford, Buena Vista, 
and Danville, and at Bristol, Tenn., 1893-1912. Professor and treasurer, 1912-22, 
and acting president, 1917-22, Elizabeth Coll., Salem, Va. Business manager and 
treasurer, Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1922-26, and member of N. C. Synod. Also, instructor, 
Roanoke Coll., 1887-89, following graduation. Secretary, S. W. Va. Synod, 1905-12. 
Chairman, Board of Marion Coll., 1905-12. President, Board of Childrens Home, 
Salem, Va., 1912-22. Contributor to Lutheran Church Visitor and Lutheran Church 
Review. Retired 1929, Churchville, Va. Died Dec. 19, 1945; buried at Churchville, 
Va. 

SIFFERD, CALVIN WRIGHT, born Nov. 4, 1850, at China Grove. Parents: 
Dr. Paul and Margaret (Peeler) Sifferd. Educated: N. C. Coll.; Philadelphia Sem.; 
Wittenberg Univ., D.D. about 1897. Married Mary Rebecca Henkel, daughter of 
the Rev. David M. Henkel, at St. John, Cabarrus Co., May 2, 1875. Children: Paul 
A., William D., Mary M., Calvin S., Lillian H., Charles L., (fatally burned at age 
3). Ordained 1875 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to S. 111. Synod, Churches served: 
None in N. C; in 111., Kan., Okla., and Ind., 1875 to his death. President, Miami 
Synod. Member, Boards of Carthage and Wittenberg Colls. Mich. Synod published 
his address on "The Call to the Ministry." One month after 50th anniversary of 
ordination and marriage, was stricken with a heart attack, and died June 12, 1925; 
buried at Ebenezer Church, Rowan Co. 

SIFFORD, CLARENCE EUGENE, JR., born Oct. 2, 1935, in Cabarrus Co. Par- 
ents: Clarence Eugene and Mary R. (Moser) Sifford. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1957; Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Margaret Faye Brunson, Summerton, 
S. C, Jan. 20, 1961. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: New Jeru- 
salem, Davidson Co., summers of 1958-59, 1960-64; Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 
1964—. At New Jerusalem promoted and guided dissolving of union arrangement, 
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with an Evang. & Ref. (now Church of Christ) congregation, which in October 1962 
bought equity of New Jerusalem in the property. New Jerusalem then by synod's 
authority began using property of disbanded Silver Valley congregation, which 
synod conveyed to it by deed in February 1963. 



SIGMAN, WALTER AUGUSTUS, born Oct. 3, 
1905, in Catawba Co. Parents: Walter Vernon and 
Mertie Lula (Sigmon) Sigman. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1928; Southern Sem., B.D. 1931. 
Married Emma Lee Cathey, Andrews, May 24, 1931. 
Children: Mertie Lee, Walter A., Jr., Vernon R. 
Stephen Douglas. Ordained 1931 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Trinity-Cedar Grove-Sardis, Vale, 
1931-37; Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1937-42; chaplain, U. S. 
Army, 1943-46; in Va., at Whitetop and Orkney 
Springs, 1946-52; Mt. Calvary, Johnston, S. C, 
1952-. 1965: Wardensville, Va. 




SIGMON, JOHN HENRY, JR., born Oct. 6, 1921, at Hickory. Parents: John 
Henry and Sallie M. (Miller) Sigmon. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.S. 1942; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1949. Married Vivian Leona Miller, Hickory, June 9, 1946. 
Children: John Henry, III, David Gerald, Timothy Miller. Ordained 1949 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Calvary, Morganton, 1949—. 



SIGMON, PAUL CROMER, born May 17, 1896, in Catawba Co. Parents: Daniel 
Elias and Dorcas Emily (Rhodes) Sigmon. Younger brother of the Rev. R. Bruce 
Sigmon. Educated: Catawba Coll., 2 yrs., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1918; Southern 
Sem., 1921, B.D. 1926; Univ. S. C., M.A. 1921; Vanderbilt & Duke Univs. Married 
Edith Pence, daughter of the Rev. M. L. Pence and sister of the Rev. E. Z. Pence, 
Orkney Springs, Va., Oct. 19, 1921. Children: Ruth Elizabeth, Carl Pence. Ordained 
1921 by Synod of Ga. & Adj. States. Churches served: Reformation, Savannah, Ga., 
1921-22; Orangeburg, S. C, 1922-25; Philadelphia, Granite Falls-St. John, Hudson- 
St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., 1925-29; St. Paul, Durham, 1929-31; Calvary-Christ, 
Spencer, 1931-32. Died Oct. 25, 1932, in 12th year of ministry; buried at Newton. 



SIGMON, ROBERT BRUCE, born Dec. 27, 1892, 
in Catawba Co. Parents: Daniel Elias and Dorcas 
Emily (Rhodes) Sigmon. Older brother of the Rev. 
Paul C. Sigmon. Educated: Catawba Coll., Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1916; Southern Sem., 1919; grad- 
uate study Univ. S. C, 1916-17. Married Illion Kath- 
erine Stamey, Lawndale, April 20, 1920. Children: 
Robert Stamey, Bruce Rhodes. Ordained 1919 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Becks-Holly Grove- 
Lebanon-New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., 1919-28; 
Mt. Calvary, Claremont-St. Luke, Catawba Co., 
1928-43; Philadelphia, Granite Falls-St. John, Hud- 
son-St. Matthew, Caldwell Co., 1943-49; Grace-Rich- 
land, Liberty, 1949-50; Reformation, Taylorsville, 
1950-59. Retired 1959 at Newton. Member, Boards 
of Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1930-40, and Sipe's Orchard 
1952-60. 




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SIKES, JAMES R., born March 29, 1832, in Guilford Co. Parents: Nathan N. and 
Prudence (Andrews) Sikes. Educated chiefly by self-study. Married first Clarissa 
Reid, Ashland, Pa., June 2, 1853. Second marriage to Addie M. West, Ohio, a sister 
lo the Rev. J. N. West, a missionary to India, Nov. 6, 1884. No record of children 
of either marriage. Licensed 1860 and ordained 1861 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1862-64. In 1864 transferred to a synod of 
General Synod, and served churches in Pa., N. J., N. Y., and Ohio, presumably until 
1893; served Friedens, Guilford Co., 1893-95, and organized with eight members, 
Sharon, Gibsonville, Oct. 28, 1894, preaching last on Dec. 5, 1894. Died Jan. 21, 
1895: buried at Friedens Church, Guilford Co. 

SIMS, ROBERT FREDERICK, born Nov. 6, 1936, at Spartanburg, S. C. Parents: 
Joe L. and Hester (Moser) Sims. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Mary Frances Carpenter, Salisbury, May 6, 1958. Daugh- 
ter: Laura Cameron. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Ascension, 
Shelby, 1961-. 

SINK, HENRY RAY, born Jan. 6, 1934, in Davidson Co. Parents: John Raymond 
and Gurlah Mae (Michael) Sink. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1959. Married Martha Joanne Frye, Kannapolis, Aug. 4, 1956. Children: 
Martha Elizabeth, Sarah Catherine. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. David, Kannapolis, 1959-63; mission developer 1963, organizing Christ 
the King, Cary, Dec. 13, 1964, becoming pastor of same. 

SINK, OLIN WARD, born Sept. 1, 1907, in Davidson Co. Parents: Abner Julian 
and Augusta (Beck) Sink. An older brother of the Rev. Voigt Mock Sink. Educated: 
Guilford Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B., 1930; Southern Sem., B.D. 1933. Married 
Betty Hofmann Holt, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 17, 1935. Children: Elizabeth Beck (mar- 
ried the Rev. M. Thomas Sublett), Martha Holt. Ordained 1933 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. 
Churches served: Asst. pastor, Redeemer, Atlanta, Ga., 1933-35; Holy Trinity, Char- 
lotte, 1935-64; St. Andrew, New Bern, 1964-. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1948-51; Childrens Home, 1952-53; Southern Sem., 1953-62; and N. C. Luth. 
Homes, 1963-. 

SINK, VOIGT MOCK, born Feb. 25, 1917, in Davidson Co. Parents: Abner Julian 
and Augusta (Beck) Sink. A younger brother of the Rev. Olin Ward Sink. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1938; Southern Sem., B.D. 1941. Married Emily L. Smith, 
Greenville, S. C, at Charlotte, Dec. 26, 1940. Children: Emily Rosemary, Carole 
Voigt, Richard Thomas, Daniel Alan, last two, twins. Ordained 1941 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In S. C: Good Shepherd, Walterboro, 1941-43. Since 1943, chap- 
Iain in U. S. Air Force, with present rank of Lieut. Col. 

SKINNER, HAROLD GILBERT, born Dec. 20, 1927, at Rocky Mount. Parents: 
Edgar D. and Lillian (Heilig) Skinner. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1956. Married Nancy E. Foil, Kannapolis, Aug. 1, 1953. Daugh- 
ter: Elizabeth Heilig. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in 
N. C; mission developer, Cheyenne, Wyo., 1956-59; Trinity, Canon City, Colo., 
1959-62; St. Michael, Greenville, S. C, 1962-. 

SLICE, PAUL OWENS, born July 1, 1932, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: G. Bailey 
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B.D. 1957. Married Karilyn Louise Slye, Columbia, S. C, Sept. 13, 1957. Son: 
Stephen Paul. Ordained 1957 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke, Bear 
Poplar, 1957-59; Mt. Hermon, West Columbia, S. C, 1959-. 

SLOOP, HENRY ELI HALL, born March 25, 1862, near China Grove. Parents: 
Abraham and Delilah (Bostian) Sloop. Educated: N. C. Coll., 1891; Gettysburg Sem., 
1894; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1925. Married Mary Edna Ketchie, daughter of the Rev. 
W. R. Ketchie, March 9, 1897. Children: Four sons, of whom two were Lutheran 
ministers; three daughters of whom Lois and Ruth married ministers. Ordained 1894 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Matthews-Reformation, Davie Co.-Providence, 
Rowan Co., 1894-96. Transferred to Synod of Ga. & Adj. States, 1896; nine different 
pastorates in Ga., Miss., Tenn., and Va., 1896-1931, except 1907-09, serving St. 
Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co. Retired 1931. Principal, Beth Eden (Miss.) Coll. 
Inst., while pastor there; also, co-principal of school in Smith Co., Miss. President, 
Holston Synod. Died March 30, 1943; buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, China Grove. 

SLOOP, LUTHER RANKIN, bom Aug. 14, 1921, in Cabarrus Co. Parents: 
Charles Marks and Margaret Ruth (Goodman) Sloop. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1945; Southern Sem., B.D. 1948. Married Mary Louise Frye, Catawba Co., 
June 13, 1948. Children: David Luther, Wayne Franklin, Barbara Louise, Mary Ann. 
Ordained 1948 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lebanon-Providence, Rowan 
Co.-Amity, Iredell Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1948-50; St. Martin-Cold Water, 
Cabarrus Co., 1950-57; Zion, Catawba Co., 1957-64; Friedens, Guilford Co., 1964-. 

SMELTZER, JOSIAH PIERCE, born Sept. 10, 1819, in Carroll Co., Md. Edu- 
cated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1846; Gettysburg Sem., 1847; Erskine Coll., D.D. 1873. 
Married Harriet A. Buffington, Taneytown, Md., Oct. 22, 1848; second marriage 
to Anna Eliza Eichelberger, Walhalla, S. C, June 17, 1851. Ordained 1848 pre- 
sumably by Md. Synod. Transferred 1857 to Va. Synod, 1860 to S. W. Va. Synod, 
1861 to S. C. Synod, and 1878 to Tenn. Synod. Career is notable for loyal and sacri- 
ficial labors, 1861-77, in behalf of Newberry Coll., in the war and reconstruction 
years, serving as president and professor, and doubling as dean and teacher in South- 
ern Sem., then connected with the college. In early ministry in Newberry, at college 
and as pastor of Luther Chapel (now Church of the Redeemer), baked bread in home 
kitchen for sale for a livelihood, since college and church could pay him little. 
Churches served: In Va., not known; in S. C: Luther Chapel (Church of the Re- 
deemer), Newberry; (of Tenn. Synod) St. Jacob-St. Thomas-Bethlehem, near Chapin, 
1878-86. President, S. C. Synod, 1872-73; vice-president, 1882-83, corresponding 
secy, 1861-71. Died Oct. 31, 1887, at home of son in Charleston, S. C; buried at 
St. John Church, Walhalla, S. C. 

SMITH, HARWOOD TURRENTINE, JR., born Sept. 28, 1937, at Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Parents: Harwood Turrentine and Virginia Ella (Smithers) Smith. Educated: Public 
schools in New York City; Univ. Alabama B.A. 1959; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1962. 
Married Barbara Ann Harrison of Dallas, Texas, at Tuscaloosa, Ala., July 9, 1960. 
Son: Joseph Leigh. Ordained 1962 by N. Y. & N. E. Synod, and transferred to N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Sharon, Gibsonville, 1962—. 

SMITH, JACK EVERETT, born July 2, 1927, in Rowan Co. Parents: Mack Henry 
and Mardre (Home) Smith. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1948; Philadelphia 
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of the Rev. Mark Heller, Woxall, Pa., June 11, 1949. Children: Maria Christine, 
Michael Craig, Mark. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Martin, 
Stanly Co., 1951-52; Cobles (Zion), Guilford Co., 1952-56; Grace, Thomasville, 1956- 
59; St. Mark, Asheville, 1959-. Exec. Board, N. C. Synod, 1963-. 

SMITH, JASPER J., born Jan. 13, 1924, in Alexander Co. Parents: Thomas Boyd 
and Laura L. (Austin) Smith. Younger brother of the Rev. W. Leo Smith. Educated: 
Appalachian State Teachers Coll., 1941-42; drafted into Army 1942; Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1946-48 A.B.; Southern Sem., B.D. 1951; summer 1953 graduate study, Union 
Sem. Married Sarah Ann Zimmerman, Rowan Co., July 17, 1954. Children: Stephen 
Jay, Michael Freeman. Ordained 1951 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethel, 
Rowan Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1951-54; St. Andrew, New Bern, 1954-56. 
Chaplain, U. S. Air Force, 1956-. Transferred 1963 to Ohio Synod. 

SMITH, JOHN LEWIS, born March 13, 1879, in Rowan Co. Parents: Elias Leroy 
and Delilah Virginia (Bostian) Smith. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1908; Southern Sem., 1911. Married first Margaret Alice Rodgers, Rowan Co., 
Oct. 20, 1901. Son: Eugene. Second marriage to Mary Louise Porter, Salisbury, 
June 8, 1911. Daughter: Margaret Delilah. Ordained 1911 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co.-Reformation, Davie Co., 1911-12. Trans- 
ferred 1912 to S. W. Va. Synod; served parish at Rural Retreat, Va., and other 
parishes at Florence, S. C, Harrisonburg, Va., Bristol, Tenn., Greenville, S. C, and 
two in Ohio, 1912-41. Retired 1941, Salisbury. Died Sept. 28, 1943; buried at St. 
Enoch Church, Rowan Co. 

SMITH, JOHN M., licensed 1856 and ordained 1858 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In Iredell Co.: St. Martin, 1857-70, Sharon, 1858-74; in Alexander Co.: 
Friendship, 1867-77; in Catawba Co.: St. Peter, 1856-62, 1865-76, Zion, 1870-81, 
St. James 1870-79, St. John, St. Paul (Startown), 1870-94, St. Stephen, 1873-77. 
Treasurer, Tenn., Synod, 5 terms between 1860 and 1880, secretary in 1861, 63, 76, 
president in 1864, 68, 73, and 85. Member, joint comm. (N. C. & Tenn. Synods) to 
submit "terms for union," 1871, adopted by both synods, but not effected. With the 
Rev. P. C. Henkel, led in founding Conover High School, 1878, sponsored by Tenn. 
pastors of that area. R. A. Yoder, studying theology under Pastors Henkel and Smith, 
was first principal. In 1880 Tenn. Synod adopted, chartered, and renamed it Con- 
cordia College. In 1897 went to the Mo. Synod. Living in 1910 at Claremont. Died 
at Conover; buried at St. John Church, Catawba Co. 

SMITH, WILBERN LEO, born Aug. 3, 1912, at Taylorsville. Parents: Thomas 
Boyd and Laura L. (Austin) Smith. Older brother of the Rev. Jasper J. Smith. Edu- 
cated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1933; Southern Sem., B.D. 1937, S.T.M. 1959 (being 
first with the Rev. Hoyle L. Whiteside to receive that degree from Southern Sem.). 
Married Evelyn Lena Patterson, China Grove, May 18, 1940. Children: Carolyn 
Elaine, Edwin Leo, Harold Eugene. Ordained 1937 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. David (org'd 1938)-Redeemer (org'd 1939 and built church), Kannapolis, 
1937-43; Zion, Catawba Co., 1943-45; St. Andrew, Andrews, 1945-47; St. Paul, 
Hardin, 1947-62; New Jerusalem, Catawba Co., 1962-. 

SMITH, WILLIAM ELMER, born Sept. 16, 1931, at Hickory. Parents: William F. 
and Zora Lee (Hilton) Smith. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1953; Southern 
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Stepchildren: Naia Dawn and Terry Randolph Harker. Ordained 1956 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Mission developer, Charlotte, 1956-57; two parishes in 
Knox, Greene, and Washington Cos., Tenn., 1957-59; Mt. Zion-New Bethel, Rich- 
field, 1960-62; Bethany, Boone-Holy Trinity, Deep Gap, 1962-64; Salem-St. Luke, 
Lincoln Co., 1964-. 

SMITH, WILLIAM JACOB, born March 31, 1845, at Boonsboro, Md. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1875; Southern Sem., 1878. Married Alice Kizer, Rowan Co., 
probably about 1880. Children: Two sons, the Revs. Frisby D. and Edwin B. Smith; 
three or four daughters, one of whom married the Rev. J. H. Richard. Two nephews 
were Lutheran pastors, and also college presidents, the Revs. Charles J. Smith (Roa- 
noke College) and G. Morris Smith (Susquehanna University). Ordained 1878. 
Churches served: St. John, Salisbury, 1878-83; Christ, East Spencer, 1881-82; in Va. 
and Pa., 1883-1911. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1881-83. Elected president, Va. Synod, 

1899. Died Feb. 19, 1911; buried at Bloom, Va. 

SMITHDEAL, JOHN L., born in 1836. Licensed 1858 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Bethel-St. Paul, Rowan Co., 1858-60; Frog Level (old name for Prosperity), 
S. C, 1860-61; St. Paul, Iredell Co.-Beth Eden, Newton, 1862-65; later in Pa. Died 
1880; buried at Ancram, N. Y. 

SMYRE, ELI E., ordained by a special committee (the Revs. A. J. Fox, J. M. Smith 
and Timothy Moser) of Tenn. Synod in Phanuel Church, Rowan Co., third Sunday 
in December 1860. Churches served: St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1860-63. Went to Madi- 
sonville, Tenn., about 1866 Died 1869; presumably buried in Tennessee. 

SNAPP, PHILIP LOY, born Dec. 22, 1873, in Ohio. Educated: At St. Paul's 
Seminary, Hickory. Married Henrietta Pearl Sharp, Driscol, W. Va., Nov. 28, 1900. 
Children: Leo Philip, Ralph Coffman, Mildred Sharp. Ordained 1899 by Joint Synod 
of Ohio, at Baltimore, Md. Churches served: (Joint Synod) Driscol, W. Va., 1899- 

1900, and Highland Co., Va., 1899-1908; (Tenn. Synod) Beth Eden-Grace-Morning 
Star-Mt. Calvary, Page Co., Va., 1909-20; (Va. Synod) Augusta and Wythe Cos., Va., 
1920-39. Retired 1939. Died Feb. 14, 1940; buried at Rural Retreat, Va. 

SNYDER, HARMON MILTON, educated at Carthage Coll., A.B. and A.M.; 
Hamma Divinity Sch., B.D.; Univ. of Chicago, Ph.D. 1925. Served churches at 
Detroit, Mich., Chicago, 111., and Hays, Kan. Transferred to N. C. Synod, 1925, 
from Kan. Synod. Professor and head of dept. (Sociology, Economics), Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1925-28; previously, supply professor, 1923-24, asst. professor, 1924-25, (Phi- 
losophy, Sociology, Education, Religious Education), Wittenberg Univ. Member, Am. 
Sociological Soc. Transferred to E. Penn. Synod, 1931. 1965: Retired at Norris- 
lown, Pa. 

SNYDER, WILLIAM ALFRED, born Dec. 31, 1870, at Waterloo, Ont, Canada. 
Parents: Thomas and Lorene (Stahlschmidt) Snyder. Educated: McGill Univ.; Phila- 
delphia Sem., 1897; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1911. Married Emma Louise Specker, 
Berlin (now Kitchener), Ont., Can., Oct. 6, 1897. Children: Margaret Louise, John 
Harold, William Louis. Ordained 1897 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In Pa., 1897- 
1904; in N. C: St. Paul, Wilmington, 1904-12; in N. Y., 1912-21. Member, Board of 
Social Missions, ULCA, 1918-21. While in Wilmington, member, Comm. of Book of 
Worship, United Synod South. Contributed to The American Lutheran Survey, Co- 
lumbia, S. C. Died July 13, 1921; buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N. Y. 



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SONDHAUS, MARTIN, born May 21, 1820, at Erfurt, Prussia, Germany, and 
came to this country as a young man. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., A.B. 1842; Gettys- 
burg Sem., 1844. Licensed 1844 by W. Pa. Synod, and ordained 1850 by Min. of 
Pa. Churches served: In Pa., 1844-55. Transferred 1855 to Tenn. Synod; served 
churches in Hardy and Pendleton Cos., Va., 1855-59; and in Ohio, 111., and Mo., 
1859-78. "He was a useful and energetic man, preaching in German and English." 
Died April 4, 1878. 

SORENSEN, PAUL MATT, born March 22, 1938, in Chippewa Co., Mich. Par- 
ents: Albert S. and Anna L. (Johnson) Sorensen. Educated: Luther Junior Coll., 
A.A. 1959; Bethany Coll., B.A. 1961; Luth. Sch. of Theol., B.D. 1965. Married Mary 
Ellen Ida Koski, L'Anse, Mich., Dec. 29, 1962. Ordained 1965 by Wise-Upper Mich. 
Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lebanon, and mission de- 
veloper, Welcome Area, Davidson Co., 1965—. 

SOWERS, ROBERT REEVES, born in Floyd Co., Va. Parents: Druss W. and 
Manerva (Williams) Sowers. Married first Hettie A. Spangler, Floyd, Va., Dec. 9, 
1891. Children: Zada lone, Willie Alnora, Jennie Mabel, Lillian Bowling, Robert 
Easter, Mattie Manie. Second marriage to Mary L. Brown, daughter of the Rev. 
H. M. Brown, Rowan Co., Oct. 10, 1911. Children: Harry Brown, Jack R., Edgar R. 
Licensed 1898 and ordained 1901 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Glades- 
boro and Ceres, Va. Transferred 1903 to N. C. Synod; Lows-Cobles, Guilford Co.- 
St. Paul, Alamance Co., 1903-05; First, Albemarle, 1905-06; St. Michael, Troutman- 
Amity-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1906-07; Bethel-St. Paul, Rowan Co., 1907-11; Witten- 
berg-Christiana, Granite Quarry-St. James, Rockwell, 1911-13; Organ-Ebenezer, 
Rowan Co., 1914-18; also in Tenn., and S. C. While he had no formal college or 
seminary training, he was recognized as a speaker of rare gifts and as a faithful 
pastor. Died June 7, 1924; buried at Zion Church, Floyd, Va. 

SOX, CHARLES JASON, born Sept. 27, 1873, in Lexington Co., S. C. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1902; Southern Sem, 1905. Ordained 1905 by S. W. Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1905-07. Transferred 1907 to Tenn. Synod; in 
N. C, served Mt. Hermon-Sharon-St. Martin, Iredell Co, 1907-10. Transferred 1910 
to N. C. Synod; Friedens-Sharon, Gibsonville, 1910-13. Transferred 1917 to S. C. 
Synod. Died 1947. 

SOX, D. A, ordained 1883 by Tenn. Synod in Concordia Coll. Chapel, with the 
Revs. J. A. Rudisill and D. J. Settlemyre. Churches served: Tenn. Synod churches 
at Oak Level and Edwardsville, Ala.; in N. C: Concordia-Grace, Rowan Co, 1887- 
88. Transferred 1898 to Synod of Ga. and Adj. States. Later served in S. C: Mt. 
Calvary-St. John, near Johnston; Good Hope, Saluda Co.; organized (1908) and 
served twice, Holy Trinity, New Brookland (West Columbia), 1907 to death. Died 
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SOX, ENOCH JEFFERSON, born Feb. 
20, 1866, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
Conrad Samuel and Sarah Ellen (Baugh- 
man) Sox. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1896, A.M. 1901, D.D. 1922; theology 
there also; also corresp. course at Chicago 
Sem.; Newberry Coll., D.D. Married Allie 
Lula Irene Roof, sister of the Revs. F. K., 
W. H., and W. J. Roof, Lexington Co., 
S. C, Sept. 6, 1891. Children: Rosa, J. Loy, 
the Rev. Samuel L., Irene, Edith, Louise, 
Mildred, Everette, Harold. Ordained 1895 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: 
Daniels, Lincoln Co. -Grace, Catawba Co., 
1895-96; St. James, Lincoln Co.-St. Paul, 
Startown-Mt. Zion, Caldwell Co., 1897-99; 
Mt. Olive, 1899-1901, 1914-20, and St. 
Stephen, 1903-05, 1914-20, Hickory; in 
S. C, early in ministry, Tenn. Synod 
churches: St. John, near Pomaria; St. Peter, 
near Chapin; St. Paul, Gilbert; St. James, 
Summit; and Holy Trinity, Little Mountain; 
again in N. C: supplied, with the Revs. R. L. Fritz and J. L. Cromer, Shiloh, Alex- 
ander Co., 1896-1907; Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1920-21; Bethlehem, Catawba Co., 
1925-26; Friendship, Alexander Co.-St. John, Hudson, 1926-27, 1931; St. Paul, 
Catawba Co., 1928; and Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 1932. At Lenoir Rhyne Coll., pro- 
fessor (Mathematics and Greek), 1898-1905, (Bible and Religion), 1919-34; treasurer, 
Endowment Fund, 1914-23. Of Tenn. Synod: Secretary, 1902-03, president, 1906- 
08, statistical secretary, 1909-14, and treasurer, 1914-21. "His life was above re- 
proach, . . . He was a great preacher, sound in the faith of God's Word, and a 
sympathetic pastor. Doubtless his greatest work was that of teacher. He gave twenty- 
two years as teacher in Lenoir Rhyne College, and was loved by his students, and 
admired and respected by all who knew him." Died Feb. 22, 1934; buried at Hickory. 




SOX, SAMUEL LUND, born June 7, 1905, at 
Chapin, S. C. Parents: The Rev. Enoch Jefferson and 
Allie Lula Irene (Roof) Sox. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1926, D.D. 1965; Southern Sem., B. D. 
1929. Married Nellie Viola Coulter, Newton, Jan. 14, 
1931. Children: Samuel Lund, Jr., Harold David, 
Sylvia. Ordained 1929 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Paul, Startown-Mt. Hebron, Hildebran, 
1929-32; supplied Calvary, Morganton, 1931; Beth- 
any, Hickory, 1932-40; First (former First Bapt. Ch., 
bought and renovated), Greensboro, 1940—. In 1961 
the Rev. Paul L. Morgan became co-pastor with him. 
Pastor to Lutheran students at local institutions, 
chiefly Univ. N. C. in Greensboro. Member, Boards 
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SPEAGLE, FREDERICK MARTIN LUTHER, 

born Nov. 25, 1883, at Henry, Catawba Co. Parents: 
William P. and Mary (Houser) Speagle. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1911; Southern Sem., 1914. 
Married Maud Ellen Townsend, Hickory, Sept. 8, 
1911. Children: Paul Cedric, Mary Ellen, one died 
in infancy. Ordained 1914 by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: St. Martin-Salem-Luthers Chapel, 
Maiden, 1914-17; supply, Sardis, Catawba Co., 1915; 
St. Mary-Solomons, Forestville, Va., 1917-25, also 
taught in high school there, 1920-22; again in N. C: 
St. Paul, Crouse-St. Mark-Bethel, Gaston Co.-Beth- 
phage, Lincoln Co., 1925-28; Calvary, Concord, 
1928-32; St, Paul, Hardin-Antioch-Philadelphia, Gas- 
ton Co., 1932-47; Holy Trinity-Mt. Pleasant-Old Mt. 
Pleasant-Mt. Zion, Watauga Co., 1947-51. Retired 1951, at Cherryville. Died June 
5, 1954; buried at St. Mark Church, near Crouse. 

SPIGGLE, GEORGE W., born Dec. 4, 1855, at Salem, Va. Educated: Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1878; Southern Sem., 1881. Married first Mary Boon, Salem, Va. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. Krauth, Elizabeth, Georgia, Beulah, Lula. Second marriage to Ina 
Catherine Kegley, Wytheville, Va., June 24, 1920. Ordained 1881 by S. W. Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In Va., about 14 years; in Pa., about 14 years. Transferred 
1908 to N. C. Synod, from Pitts. Synod. First, Lexington, 1909. Transferred 1910 
back to Pitts. Synod. Served again in Pa., and in Wytheville, Va., about 15 years. 
Died Oct. 1, 1925; buried at St. John Church, Wytheville, Va. 

SPRACHER, LEVI BITTLE, born March 3, 1873, at Burkes Garden, Va. Parents: 
Erastus and Joanna Spracher. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1902; Southern Sem., 
1905. Married Nora C. Price, Newport, Va., Nov. 14, 1906. Daughter: Elinor (died 
in infancy; buried at Union Church, Rowan Co.). Ordained 1905 by S. W. Va. Synod. 
Churches served: Presumably, in Va., 1905-08. Transferred 1908 to N. C. Synod; 
Union-Christiana, Rowan Co., 1908-09, then Union only, 1909-14. Transferred 1915 
to Hoist. Synod, serving Ascension, Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1914-Jan. 14, 1915. 
Died Jan. 14, 1915, of smallpox after a few days of illness. Buried in Forest Hill 
Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn., because health regulations prohibited his body being 
sent to Graham, Va., his hometown. Burial was "without ceremony, by a squad from 
the health office, detailed for that duty during the epidemic." Later a memorial 
service was held at his grave by Ascension congregation, led by the Revs. A. D. R. 
Hancher and B. S. Brown, Jr. Shortly after his death, Mrs. Spracher was called, and 
served devotedly for many years, as a matron and house mother at Childrens Home, 
Salem, Va. 

STARR, CHARLES MARION, born May 31, 1925, at Hickory. Parents: Charles 
Burton and Annie Iona (Abernethy) Starr. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1945; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1948. Married Mary June Hollar, Hickory, Jan. 25, 1948. 
Children: Carol Ann, Charles Emery, Mary June. Ordained 1948 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Paul, Hamlet, 1948-52; Calvary, Spencer, 1952-58; Redeemer, 
Charlotte, 1958-66; Kimball Memorial, Kannapolis, 1966-. Member, Board of 
Lutheridge, 1959-. Chaplain, 1963 N. C. Synod convention. 




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STECK, CHARLES F., JR., born Sept. 14, 1890. Parents: The Rev. Charles F. 
and Florence G. (Jones) Steck. Educated: Wittenberg Univ., 1915; Hamma Divinity 
Sch., 1918. Married Marie Hansen, Grand Rapids, Mich., May 1, 1918. Children: 
Charles F., Ill, Richard Hansen, Jean Marie. Ordained 1918 by Wittenberg Synod. 
Churches served: None in N. C, but 1918-33, at Upper Sandusky and Dayton, Ohio, 
Bluefield, W. Va., Knoxville, Tenn., and Detroit, Mich. Chaplain, U. S. Army, 1936- 
50. Mission developer at Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Sebring, Fla., 1950-57. Re- 
tired 1957 at Cherryville. Industrial chaplain for Carolina Freight Carriers Corp., 
1957-59. Compiled "Three Hours on The Cross," a Good Friday devotional service, 
1926. Transferred 1962 to N. C. Synod. 

STEFFY, SIDNEY DAVID, born Aug. 6, 1867, at Rural Retreat, Va. Educated: 
Wartburg Coll., 1887; theology there also, 1890. Married Lillian Jones, Rural Re- 
treat, Va., March 18, 1888. No record of children. Licensed 1889 and ordained 1890 
by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: Damascus and Blue Ridge Springs, Va., 1890- 
96. Transferred 1896 to N. C. Synod; in Cabarrus Co.: St. John, 1896-1901, Pros- 
perity (now Cross of Christ), 1896, and Mt. Olive, 1896-97. Transferred 1901 to 
Holston Synod, serving churches in Tenn., and later in Ohio, 111., and Ind., 1901-32. 
President, Southern 111. Synod. Died April 25, 1932; buried in Rockcreek Cemetery, 
near Camden, Ind. 

STELLING, THOMAS OSBORNE, born March 14, 1923, at Augusta, Ga. Parents: 
Carl H. and Lucy E. (Osborne) Sterling. Educated: Newberry Coll.; Southern Sem., 
1945. Not married. Ordained 1945 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. ULCA missionary in Liberia, 
Africa, 1945-50. Chaplain, U. S. Air Force, 1951-53. Mission developer, Good Shep- 
herd, College Park, Ga., 1953-54. Student (pre-med.) Emory Univ., and (med.) Med. 
Coll., Augusta, Ga., 1954-58. Mission developer, Hurst, Tex., 1959-60. Med. research 
work, while awaiting a call, 1960-61. Supplied, Waco, Tex., 1962; in N. C: St. An- 
drew, New Bern, 1962-63. Student (Rehabilitation Counseling), Univ. of Fla., 1964-. 
Retired, on account of physical disability. 

STENDER, WILLIAM HAROLD, born Jan. 5, 1906, at Charleston, S. C. Parents: 
J. F. W. and Anna (Mencken) Stender. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1927; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1930; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1942; lectures at Pastors School, Sanders- 
hausen, Bavaria, Germany. Married Roberta Elise Macdougall, Columbia, S. C, 
Sept. 20, 1933. Children: Anne Elise, Roberta Macdougall, William Harold, Jr. 
Ordained 1930 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Asst. pastor, St. Paul, Columbia, 
S. C, 1930-32; St. James, Sumter, S. C., 1933-45; in N. C: St. Matthew, Kings 
Mountain, 1945-50; Resurrection-St. Matthew, Cameron, S. C, 1950-56; Emmanuel, 
Atlanta, Ga., 1956—. Author: "Student Attitudes Toward Religion" (unpublished 
M.A. thesis); published: "Pastor's Treatment of the Abnormal," and "Travelogue of 
Three Months European Travel and Study." 

STEPHENSON, JAMES RAY, born Nov. 24, 1928, at Roanoke, Va. Parents: Rob- 
ert L. and Pauline (Burton) Stephenson. Educated: Roanoke Coll., B.A. 1952; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1955. Married Loretta Darr, Columbia, S. C, June 3, 1955. Children: 
Deborah Gywn, James Gregory, Mary Elizabeth. Ordained 1955 by Va. Synod, and 
transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: Asst. pastor, St. John, Salisbury, 1955- 
58; St. Mark, Clarksburg, W. Va., 1958-63. Staff. Commsn. on Evangelism, LCA, 
(Field Service), Decatur, Ga., 1963-. Dean, Mountain Dist., W. Pa.-W. Va. Synod, 
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STICKLEY, VASTINE RINKER, born near 
Waynesboro, Va. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 
1873; Southern Sem., 1874. Married Emma Martin, 
Blacksburg, Va.; second marriage to Carrie Keister, 
a niece of his first wife. No children of either mar- 
riage. Licensed 1873 and ordained 1876 by S. W. 
Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1873-76, 1884- 
91, 1904-05; in N. C: Salem-St. Luke-Grace (org. 
1880), Rowan Co., 1876-82; Bethel, Rowan Co.- 
Christ, East Spencer, 1882-84; St. Enoch, Rowan 
Co.-Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 1892-1903; Nazareth-Shi- 
loh, Forsyth Co., 1906-07; St. Andrew (supply), Con- 
cord-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1907-08; Cobles- 
Lows, Guilford Co.-Richland, Randolph Co.-St. Paul, 
Alamance Co., 1909-13; Lebanon-Providence, Rowan 
Co.-St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1915-20. President, N. C. Synod, 1881, 96, 97. Died 
1921; buried at Waynesboro, Va. 

STINGLEY, JAMES DAVID, born Aug. 11, 1815, in Newberry Co. (?), S. C. 
Parents: John and Sally (Bernhard) Stingley. Educated in theology at Southern Sem., 
1846. Married Jane Campbell Casey, Richland Co. (?), S. C, April 14, 1853. Chil- 
dren: John Jacob, Robert Cayce, David Bernhard, Betty Rea, Charley Edwin, James 
Campbell, Bachman, Sarah Wyse. Licensed 1846 and ordained 1849 by S. C. Synod. 
Churches served: In S. C: St. Paul-St. John, near Pomaria, 1853-55; St. Michael 
and Bethel (High Hill), Richland Co.; also in Miss. Transferred 1861 from Miss. 
Synod to N. C. Synod; St. Michael, Troutman-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1860-62. Our 
history (1953) says he died in battle in 1864; but family records say April 4, 1866; 
buried in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Sallis, Miss. 



THE STIREWALT FAMILY 

The Lutheran Church in North Carolina and Virginia is indebted to 
the Stirewalt family for many of its able ministers. One of these, Dr. 
Arthur J. Stirewalt, refers to a Rev. John Stirewalt (July 9, 1732-Novem- 
ber 26, 1796) who is supposed to have served in North Carolina, but no 
record of such service has been found; also that Captain John Stirewalt 
had become a minister after the war of 1812, but again there is no record 
of this. Captain Stirewalt was born in Pennsylvania, October 11, 1769, 
but moved to North Carolina in early manhood where he later married 
Elizabeth Rendleman of Rowan County. He was an active member of 
Zion (Organ) Church and built one of the first pipe organs in North 
Carolina for his home church. Two of his sons became Lutheran min- 
isters, and the story of their service and that of their descendants as 
recorded in this volume reflects honor upon a worthy ancestor and the 
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STIREWALT, ARTHUR JULIUS, born 
Feb. 5, 1881, at Stony Man, Page Co., Va. 
Parents: The Rev. John Nathaniel and Em- 
ily Ann (Hershberger) Stirewalt. A cousin 
was the Rev. M. L. Stirewalt, Sr. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1902, D.D. degree 
was offered but declined in 1913 (later ac- 
cepted), because he felt too young and not 
worthy of the honor; Chicago Sem., 1905; 
graduate study, Columbia Univ., 1920-21. 
Married Alice Marie Wulbern, Charleston, 
S. C, Aug. 5, 1914. Children: Meta Elise, 
Ruth Emily, Alice Wulbern. Ordained 1905 
by Tenn. Synod. Missionary in Japan of 
United Synod South, 1905-18, same ULCA, 
1918-52, engaged in evangelistic, education- 
al, and social work in Kumamoto, Saga, and 
Tokyo. A founder of boys school (Kyushu 
Gakuin) in Kumamoto, and dean, 1916-20, 
also teacher in theological department. 
After 1923 earthquake and fire he founded 
and operated in Tokyo Home for Widows 
and Children, 1925-32, also Old Peoples Home, 1923-41. Frequent terms as presi- 
dent, secretary, and treasurer of Japan Lutheran Mission, and long-time member of 
its exec, comm.; also member, joint exec, comm., of Mission and Japan Lutheran 
Church. President and treasurer, Federation of Christian Missions; vice president, 
National Christian Council of Japan. Still in Japan on Dec. 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor 
Day), was allowed by government to occupy own home, and later was repatriated, 
in exchange of nationals, on Swedish S. S. Gripsholm. Retired 1952 at Kobe, Japan, 
and taught in Lutheran Bible Institute, a school of the Lutheran Mission from Nor- 
way. Awarded by Emperor Hirohito Fourth Order of the Sacred Treasure, July 4, 
1952, in recognition for service to the Japanese people, and three days later was 
received in audience by emperor for half-hour of conversation. Continues as mem- 
ber of N. C. Synod. 

STIREWALT, JACOB, born Aug. 17, 1805, in Rowan Co. Parents: John N. and 
Mary Elizabeth (Rendleman) Stirewalt, Sr. Father served in War of 1812 with rank 
of captain; moved to N. C. in early manhood. An older brother was the Rev. John N. 
Stirewalt (1802-36). Married Henrietta Henkel, New Market, Va., Jan. 8, 1833. 
Children: Four sons, of whom two, the Revs. John Nathaniel and Jerome Paul, were 
the fathers, respectively, of the Revs. A. J. and M. L. Stirewalt, Sr., and six daugh- 
ters. Licensed 1837 and ordained 1838 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Chiefly in 
Shenandoah and adjoining counties in Va., including Raders, Timberville, 1837-39, 
1858-69; and Emmanuel, New Market, 1833-43; in N. C: St. Peter, Rowan Co., 
1840. "From the day of his ordination he was never without a pastorate. His was a 
large one, composed of congregations in Shenandoah, Page and Rockingham Coun- 
ties (Va.)". Preached often at Tenn. Synod conventions held in N. C, Va., S. C, 
and Tenn. On comm., with the Revs. Ambrose Henkel and Jacob Killian to Compile 
a Liturgy for Use in Tenn. Synod churches, 1838-39. Author of "Grades in the 
Ministry" (concerning the Ministerial Office and Ordination), published posthu- 
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of Concord (1851). Died Aug. 21, 1869; buried at Emmanuel Church, New 
Market, Va. 

STIREWALT, JAMES COUNCIL, born May 25, 1927, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Murrell Henderson and Ruby Clara (Blackwelder) Stirewalt. Educated: Catawba 
Coll., A.B. 1951; Southern Sem., B.D. 1956. Married Martha Alma Arthurs, Iredell 
Co., May 29, 1955. Children: Anna Christine, Lisa Ruth, John David. Ordained 1956 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Cedar Grove, Lincoln Co., 1956-59; Holy Trinity, 
Reidsville, 1960-61; Ascension, Danville, Va., 1961-. 

STIREWALT, JEROME PAUL, born April 11, 1850, at New Market, Va. Parents: 
The Rev. Jacob and Henrietta (Henkel) Stirewalt. Educated: New Market Polytech- 
nic Inst.; received A.M. degree; studied theology under pastors in Tenn. Synod 
course; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1914. Married Tirzah A. Coffman, Shenandoah 
Co., Va., Oct. 6, 1878. Children: Prof. William J., the Rev. Martin Luther. Ordained 
1873 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Some 14 in three pastorates, in Shenandoah, 
Augusta, and Rockingham Cos., Va., 1874-1920; the longest, Raders, 1882-1920, 
and organized St. Paul, 1889-1920, near Timberville; organized, Morning Star, 1887- 
93, and Salem, near Hamburg, 1898. Of Tenn. Synod, secretary 6 terms, treasurer 
4 terms, president 4 terms; on examining comm., 22 years. Address, "The Pioneers 
of Synod," at the Tenn. Synod's centennial convention (1920) was published in the 
minutes. Frequent contributor to Our Church Paper, Our Sunday School, Lutheran 
Church Visitor, and secular periodicals. Wrote notes for Lutheran Lesson Quarterly 
(General Council); and contributed the article on Tenn. Synod in "The Lutherans 
of America," edited by E. J. Wolf, D.D. Retired 1920 at New Market, Va.; con- 
tinued to write, and managed his farm. Died 1934; buried at New Market, Va. 

STIREWALT, JOHN N., born Aug. 7, 1802, in Rowan Co. Parents: John N. (cap- 
tain in War of 1812 and Lutheran minister) and Mary Elizabeth (Rendleman) Stire- 
walt, Sr. A younger brother was the Rev. Jacob Stirewalt. Was taught by his par- 
ents and took literary and classical courses of study. Married; four children. Licensed 
1827 and ordained 1829 by Tenn. Synod. Little is known of his ministry, less than 
ten years long. Served Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1834-36. Obituary states that he 
made known the Gospel to many who had been deprived of it, both in N. C, and 
in adjoining states. Secretary Tenn. Synod, 1832. Bought farm near New Market, 
Va., shortly before death, to which family moved after his death. Died from lung 
trouble, Aug. 13, 1836, aged 34; buried at Lutheran Chapel Church, China Grove. 

STIREWALT, JOHN NATHANIEL, born Feb. 21, 1844, at New Market, Va. 
Parents: The Rev. Jacob and Henrietta (Henkel) Stirewalt. A younger brother was 
the Rev. Jerome Paul Stirewalt. Educated: New Market (Va.) Academy; Roanoke 
Coll.; studied theology under father. Married Emily Ann Hershberger, Luray, Va., 
Nov. 3, 1870. Children: A son is known, the Rev. Arthur Julius, Lutheran missionary 
in Japan since 1905. Licensed 1869 and ordained 1871 by Tenn. Synod. First resi- 
dent Lutheran pastor in Page Co., Va., where in the Stony Man parish spent his 
entire ministry, 1871-1907, except 1892-93, spent at East Germantown (now Persh- 
ing), Ind. Developed and organized four churches in Page Co., Va. President, 1896, 
treasurer, 1873, 1883-85, 1887-92, of Tenn. Synod. Died Jan. 11, 1907, at Luray, 
Va.; buried there. 

STIREWALT, JULIUS LUTHER, son of John N. and Hannah R. (Henkel) Stire- 
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older brother was the Rev. Paul J. Stirewalt. Educated at Capital Univ. Ordained 
deacon for Tenn. Synod 1854 by the Revs. A. Henkel and Henry Wetzel, in St. Peter 
Church, Lexington Co., S. C, and ordained pastor 1856. In 1857, visited pastorless 
churches in Ind. In 1858 was serving Zion, East Germantown (now Pershing), Ind. 
A great-great-grandson of the original John Stirewalt, who came from Germany in 
1749, and died in N. C, in 1796. Two cousins were the Revs. John Nathaniel and 
Jerome Paul Stirewalt. Died 1872; buried at Pershing, Ind. 

STIREWALT, MARTIN LUTHER, SR., 

born July 24, 1882, at New Market, Va. 
Parents: The Rev. Jerome Paul and Tirzah 
Amelia (Coffman) Stirewalt. Educated: Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1902, D.D. 1921; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1906; graduate study, 
Univ. Chicago, Univ. Va., Northwestern 
Univ., A.M. 1928. Married Caroline Dent- 
zer, Chicago, 111., Dec. 24, 1907. Children: 
Sister Catherine Amelia, Ruth Elizabeth, 
the Rev. Martin Luther, Jr., Mary Caroline. 
Ordained 1907 by Chicago Synod. Churches 
served: St. Paul, Frankfort, Ind., 1915-16; 
St. James, Concord, 1916-22; and St. John, 
Salisbury, 1930-38. Institutions served: In- 
structor, Weidner Inst., Mulberry, Ind., 
1906-09; professor (Bible, Ancient Lan- 
guages), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1909-15; pro- 
fessor (Practical Theology), Chicago Sem., 
1922-30; professor (Systematic Theology) 
and sometime dean, Southern Sem., 1938- 
51. Retired 1951 at Hickory. Associate pro- 
fessor (Bible, Philosophy), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1955-59. Member, Board of Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., 1921-22, 1932-60, and chairman, 1935-51. Vice-president, N. C. Synod, 
1917-22; member and secretary of joint commission on Merger of N. C. and Tenn. 
Synods, 1919-21. In ULCA: Member, Board of Education, 1930-40; from 1918 long- 
time member of Comm. on Common Service Book; member, Court of Adjudication 
and Interpretation. Author of "The Curricula of Lutheran Theological Seminaries 
in the United States." Contributed sermon to "Gospel Preaching for the Day," and 
articles in Lutheran magazines. From obituary in his hometown newspaper at New 
Market, Va.: "Among his fellow churchmen he was highly regarded as an eloquent 
pulpit orator, a thorough theologian, and a capable church affairs administrator. 
In this area he leaves a host of relatives in the Stirewalt, Henkel, Coffman, Borden, 
and Keller families of Shenandoah County." Died March 10, 1960, in Hickory; fun- 
eral in St. Andrew Church there; buried at Emmanuel Church, New Market, Va. 

STIREWALT, MARTIN LUTHER, JR., born June 9, 1913, at Hickory. Parents: 
The Rev. Martin Luther and Caroline (Dentzer) Stirewalt. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1934; Duke Univ., M.A. 1937, Ph.D. 1945; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1946. 
Married Frances Louise Miller, Concord, daughter of the Rev. L. D. Miller, Aug. 
17, 1937. Children: Anna Carolyn, Martin Luther, III. Ordained 1947 by N. C. 
Synod. Professor (Classical Languages, Bible), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1937-59, but on 
leave for seminary course, 1944-46. Professor (N. T. Theology, Classical Languages 
and Literature), Hamma Divinity Sch., 1959—. Transferred to Ohio Synod, 1960. 




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STIREWALT, MILES J., ordained deacon 1858 by Tenn. Synod in Zion Church, 
Lexington Co., S. C, and pastor 1859 in Bethlehem Church, Augusta Co., Va. 
Churches served: In N. C: Cobles, Guilford Co.-Melanchthon, Randolph Co.-Mt. 
Pleasant, Alamance Co., 1859-62. Secretary, 1862, and treasurer, 1861, 1863-65, of 
Tenn. Synod. In 1868, living then at Augusta Station, Ind., was dismissed to the 
English Dist, Joint Synod of Ohio. Later for many years served a church at Mul- 
berry, Ind., where he died about 1904. 

STIREWALT, PAUL J., born March 12, 1828, at or near New Market, Va. Par- 
ents: The Rev. John N. and Hannah R. (Henkel) Stirewalt. Mother was daughter 
of the Rev. Paul and Elizabeth (Negeley) Henkel. An older brother was the Rev. 
Julius L. Stirewalt, and cousins were the Revs. John Nathaniel and Jerome Paul 
Stirewalt. Educated: Univ. Va. Ordained by Tenn. Synod deacon 1853 in Em- 
manuel Church, New Market, Va., and pastor 1855 in same church. Churches 
served: Lima, Ohio, 1854-59; also preached at some churches in Ind. Died March 
21, 1859, aged 31; buried at New Market, Va. 

STOCKMAN, J. EDGAR, born June 16, 1899, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
J. T. and Anna (Bickley) Stockman. The Rev. Enoch D. Stockman is a younger 
brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1920; Southern Sem, 1923, B.D. 1924; 
Univ. S. C., M.A. 1923; Roanoke Coll., D.D. 1963. Married Eula Mae Carlisle, 
Greenville, S. C, Nov. 11, 1930. Children: J. E., Jr., Jane, Eliza. Ordained 1923 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Luke-Morning Star, Monroe, 1923-26; Trinity, 
Greenville, S. C, 1926-41. Chaplain, U. S. Army, 1941-46. Pastor, St. Mark, Roa- 
noke, Va., 1946-65. Retired at Roanoke, Va. 

STONER, JOHN DOWEY, born March 26, 1907, in Rowan Co. Parents: John 
Knox and Mittie Belle (Morgan) Stoner. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1936; 
Southern Sem., 1939. Not married. Ordained 1939 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Lebanon-Providence, Rowan Co. -Amity, Iredell Co. -St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1939- 
44; Lebanon-Providence, only 1944-45. From 1945 engaged in secular work. Name 
removed from roll, 1963. 

STORCH, CARL AUGUST GOTTLIEB, next pioneer pastor to come to N. C, 
from Germany after Nussmann, Arends, and Bernhardt, was born June 16, 1764, at 
Helmstedt, Germany. Father was Georg Frederich Storch; mother's name was 
Von Asseburg. Educated: Gymnasium and Univ. of Helmstedt, 1782-85. Was private 
tutor, three years. Upon call to come to N. C. as pastor, was ordained in 1788, 
and arrived in N. C. in Sept. that year. Married Christine Beard (Bahrt) at Salis- 
bury, Jan. 14, 1790. Of eleven children only two, Anna and Theophilus, survived 
infancy. The latter (name had been changed to Stork) was distinguished as preacher, 
pastor, scholar, educator, and author, and served (1859-60) as first president of 
Newberry College. A grandson was the Rev. Charles Augustus Stork, D.D. 
Churches served: St. John, Salisbury ( 1788-? ) -Organ ( 1788-23 ) -Union (1788-1810), 
Rowan Co.; Lutheran Chapel, Rowan Co., 1789-1820; St. John Cabarrus Co., 
1796-97; 1800-21; first pastor, New Bethel, Stanly Co., 1806-14, 1819-23; Cold 
Water, Cabarrus Co., 1810-?. Called to more prominent churches, he declined 
such calls, one to St. John, Charleston, S. C, in 1814, because of great need of pas- 
tors in N. C. One of four pastors, who with fourteen laymen, organized in 1803 N. C. 
Synod; its third president, 1806-12, and elected twice later, serving a total of 14 
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Ebenezer Church. Retired 1823, due to physical infirmities. Died March 29, 1831; 
buried at Organ Church, Rowan Co. His native gifts, his superior education and his 
consecrated life soon won for him a place in the hearts of his own people and the 
respect of the community at large. His ministry of forty-one years was most fruitful. 
It was said of him that he spent his days in active service and self-denying efforts, 
preaching, exhorting, catechising, consoling the sick, and putting forth his hand, 
wherever he could do good. 

STOUDEMAYER, GEORGE ABNER, born May 31, 1879, in Edgefield Co., S. C. 
Parents: George B. and Elvira (Chapman) Stoudemayer. Educated: Newberry Coll., 
A.B. 1914; Southern Sem., 1917; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1924. Not married. Or- 
dained 1917 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Of Tenn. Synod, in S. C: Grace- 
St. Paul, Gilbert-St. John-Holy Trinity, Pelion, S. C, 1917-23; in Pa., Ga, W. Va., 
and Va., 1923-40. Died Nov. 20, 1949; buried at Good Hope Church, Ward, S. C. 

STOUDENMIRE, WILLIAM, licensed by S. W. Va. Synod in 1878, and ordained 
in 1880. Supplied St. Paul, Newport, Va., in 1876. S. C. Synod History lists him as 
a member, 1878-80, and says he was a son of Trinity Church, Elloree, S. C., pre- 
sumably indicating that he was reared at or near Elloree. He supplied St. Matthew, 
Calhoun Co., S. C., for a while. Transferred 1884 to N. C. Synod from Md. Synod; 
served St. John, Salisbury, 1884-86. Letter of transfer issued to East Ohio Synod, 
1886. 

STRICKLER, JAMES WILLIAM, born Nov. 25, 1856, in Madison Co., Va. 
Father: James Strickler. Educated: Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1878; Southern Sem., 1882. 
Married Mary Chloe Cole, Marion, Va., 1884. Children: The Rev. Luther Warren, 
Mabel Freelove. The Rev. Luther Warren Strickler, II, is a grandson. Ordained 1882 
by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1882-84, 1888-1905; 1909-16; in 
N. C: Union-Christiana, Rowan Co., 1884-88; St. Andrew-Mt. Hermon, Concord, 
1905-07; Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1907-09. Died while active at Middlebrook, 
Va., Nov. 29, 1916; buried at Waynesboro, Va. 

STROBEL, PHILIP A., born Sept. 16, 1812, at Charleston, S. C. Parents: Capt. 
John and Mary Grace (Beard) Strobel. Educated: Under tutelage of Dr. John Bach- 
man, pastor of St. John, Charleston, S. C; Southern Sem., 1836. Married Carolina 
Wilson, Jan. 1, 1835. No record of children. Licensed 1836 by S. C. Synod; served 
Mt. Pleasant, Ehrhardt, S. C. Transferred 1837 and ordained 1838 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Organized, built church, St. Enoch, Rowan Co., 1835-41; Cold 
Water, Cabarrus Co., 1837; New Bethel, Stanly Co., 1838-41; organized St. Stephen, 
Cabarrus Co., 1837-41. Secretary, N. C. Synod, 1840. Transferred 1841 to S. C. 
Synod; served Ebenezer, Columbia, S. C., 1841. In Ga.: At Ebenezer, 1844-49; at 
Macon organized congregation, 1848. In 1843 founded school for girls at Savannah, 
Ga.; principal and professor at Female Inst., Americus, Ga., 1849-55. Served 
churches in N. Y., N. J., and Md. Secretary, N. Y. Synod, 1857, 59. Again in N. C: 
Served Organ, Rowan Co., St. Stephen, Cabarrus Co., and was principal and pro- 
fessor, Mont Amoena Sem., Mt. Pleasant, 1874-75. Member, Board, N. C. Coll. 
Transferred 1876 from N. C. Synod to Hartwick (N. Y.) Synod. Wrote "History of 
The Salzburgers in Georgia" (1855). Died Nov. 1882; buried at Dansville, N. Y. 

STROHECKER, THOMAS HAMLIN, born April 13, 1847, at Charleston, S. C. 
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bany, Ga., who died about five years later. No children. Second marriage to Julia 
Stockton Davidson, Charlotte. Children: Five sons and two daughters. Practiced law 
at Albany, Ga., before entering ministry. Ordained 1879 by Min. of Pa. Transferred 
1882 to N. C. Synod; served St. Mark, Charlotte, 1881-82; St. Matthew-St. Peter- 
Luthers, Rowan Co., 1881-86; churches in 111., 3 years; again in N. C: St. Michael, 
Troutman-Amity-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1889-90; and St. Luke-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 
1896. Moved to Davidson for children to attend Davidson College; studied medicine 
there, graduating with first honor. Later moved to Salem, Va., and practiced until 
health failed. Quoted from obituary in Synod minutes (1917): "He was a man of 
unusual gifts, wide scholarship, and great preaching ability." Died June 1, 1916, 
at Washington, D. C; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte. 

STROUP, BRADY LEE, born Aug. 26, 1876, in Gaston Co. Parents: Cephas and 
Josephine (Hanks) Stroup. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1903; Chicago Sem., 
B.D. 1906. Married Blanche Irene Yoder, daughter of the Rev. R. A. Yoder, Lin- 
colnton, Nov. 27, 1906. Children: Richard Weidner, Irene Elizabeth, Rose Fisher, 
Josephine Adele, Ruth Louise (died in 3rd year), Brady Leon, Robert Paul. Or- 
dained 1906 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: Cedar Grove-St. James, 
Lexington Co., 1906-09, and St. Peter-St. John, near Chapin, 1919-21; in N. C: 
Beth Eden, Newton-New Jerusalem-Zion, and supplied (1913) St. Paul, Startown, 
1909-15. Transferred 1915 to Chicago Synod, and served churches in Ind., and Ohio. 
Retired 1946 at Logansport, Ind. Secretary, Tenn. Synod, 1909-1911, and treasurer, 
4 mos. in 1911. Died July 1, 1954; buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport, Ind. 

STROUP, HERBERT WILSON, JR., born June 28, 1919, at Harrisburg, Pa. 
Parents: Herbert Wilson and Nada C. (Keefer) Stroup. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., 
A.B. 1940; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1943; S.T.M. 1949. Married Barbara Kirkpatrick, 
Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 26, 1942. Children: Kirk, Kate. Ordained 1943 by Cent. Pa. 
Synod. Churches served: St. John, Mercersburg, Pa., 1943-50, on leave as U. S. 
Navy chaplain, 1945-46; also teaching and coaching at Mercersburg Acad.; Holy 
Trinity, Raleigh, N. C, 1950-52; Holy Trinity, Camp Hill, Pa., 1952-60. 1965: Dean 
of Students and Professor of Pastoral Care, Gettysburg Seminary. 

STUTTS, WILLIAM HENRY, born Feb. 11, 1866, at Buffalo, N. Y. Parents: 
Rudolph and Anna Louise (Strubbe) Stutts. Educated: Hartwick Acad.; Hartwick 
Sem.; D.D. Hartwick Coll., about 1915. Married Cora May Spencer. Children: Lil- 
lian, Maude Spencer. Second marriage to Anna May Suling. Ordained 1893 by N. C. 
Synod in Lutheran Chapel, China Grove. Transferred to N. Y. Synod, 1894. Churches 
served: None in N. C; all in N.Y., last, Epiphany, Brooklyn, 1908-35. Why, having 
been a native of N. Y , and educated in that state, he was ordained in N. C, only 
to transfer to N. Y. Synod to serve, is a question with no answer available. Retired 
1935 at Laurens, N. Y. Died Nov. 21, 1946; buried at Milford, N. Y. 

SUBLETT, MARVIN THOMAS, born May 26, 1935, at Asheville. Parents: Mar- 
vin Timothy and Gladys Delilah (Poovey) Sublett. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1957; Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Elizabeth Beck Sink, daughter of the 
Rev. Olin W. Sink, Charlotte, Aug. 22, 1959. Children: Katherine Elizabeth, Karol 
Elaine. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Good Shepherd, Hickory, 
1960-64; St. Paul, Tampa, Fla., 1964-. 

SUGG, CLAYTON WALTER, born Sept. 18, 1921, at Snow Hill. Parents: Samuel 
Clayton and Olive (Yount) Sugg. The Rev. J. Alonzo Yount was his grandfather, and 



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the Revs. Noah D. and Walter N. Yount are uncles. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1947; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1950, S.T.M. 1961. Married Leona Council of 
Hoke Co., at Enid, Okla., Dec. 19, 1942. Children: Clayton Walter, Jr., Paul Tim- 
othy. Ordained 1950 by Min. of Pa. Churches served: In N. J.: Advent, Mt. Ephraim, 
1950-52, and organized Gloria Dei, New Milford, 1952-54; in La.: First, Lafayette- 
organized Trinity, New Iberia, 1954-59; in Tex.: Grace, Amarillo, 1959-61; in N. C: 
Christ, Durham, 1961-65. Began Lutheran social mission work by monthly visitation 
in La. State penitentiary, Angola, La., 1954-59, since carried on by his successor. 
VA hospital chaplain. Transferred to Iowa Synod, 1965. 

SUMMERS, DANIEL BARRETT, born July 9, 1916, in Guilford Co. Parents: 
George Andrew and Lelia Virginia (Brown) Summers. Educated: Elon Coll., A.B. 
1938; Southern Sem., B.D. 1942. Married Lula Catherine Apple, Guilford Co., June 
6, 1942. Children: Lelia Ann, Dennis Andrew, Lou Ellen, David Nathan. Ordained 
1942 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Nazareth-Shiloh, Rural Hall, 1942-45; Zion, 
Catawba Co., 1945-49; Becks, Davidson Co., 1949—. Member, Board of Lowman 
Home, 1959-63. 

SUNDLIE, ELMER D., born March 28, 1934, at Forman, N. D. Parents: Elmer 
M. and Maghnild (Nockleby) Sundlie. Educated: N. D. State Univ., B.S. 1961; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1965. Married Jean Raye Spikes, Winston-Salem, Dec. 7, 1957. 
Children: Karen Elizabeth, Mark William. Ordained 1965 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Good Shepherd, Brevard, 1965—. 

SWANEY, DENNIS D., born in Page Co., Va, March 13, 1819, a son of Mt. Cal- 
vary Church, Stony Man, Va. Ordained by Tenn. Synod, deacon 1842 in Trinity 
Church, Lincoln Co., and pastor 1848 in Solomons Church, Shenandoah Co., Va. 
Churches served: Philippi, Va., (now W. Va.), 2 years. Transferred 1851 to Ohio 
Synod. Served at Nokomis, 111., 1867-76. Died Dec. 28, 1876; buried at Nokomis, 111. 

SWANEY, WILLIAM H., born July 13, 1824, in Page Co., Va. Studied theology 
under the Revs. Ambrose and Socrates Henkel. Married Mrs. Rebecca Lichliter, 
Aug. 19, 1845. Children: Five sons and three daughters. Ordained 1868 by Tenn. 
Synod in Salem Church, Lincoln Co. Churches served: New Market, Va., 1867-69. 
Transferred 1869 to Eng. Dist, Joint Synod of Ohio, and served churches in Ohio 
to 1880. Died Oct. 3, 1885. 

SWANSON, REUBEN JOSEPH, born April 15, 1917, at Rockford, 111. Parents: 
Joseph E. and Esther L. (Carlson) Swanson. Educated: Gustavus Adolphus Coll., 
A.B. 1942; Augustana Sem., B.D. 1945; Yale Univ., S.T.M. 1951, Ph.D. 1956. Mar- 
ried Edna Maria Carlson, Chicago, III, June 5, 1943. Children: Robert Winfield, 
Timothy Richard, Susan Maria. Ordained 1945 by Augustana Lutheran Church. 
Churches served: Immanuel, Wakefield, Mich. -Zion, Mellen, Wis., 1946-49; in 
Conn.: St. Paul, Ansonia, 1949-53, Trinity, Washington Depot, 1949-54, and Tabor, 
Branford, 1954-58. Professor (Bible), Grand View Sem., Des Moines, Iowa, 1958-60. 
Professor and head of dept., (Religious Studies), Lenoir Rhyne Coll., I960—. Mem- 
ber, Patristics Comm., Internat '1 Greek New Testament Project. 

SWICEGOOD, DERMONT FRITZ, born Aug. 29, 1910, at Lexington. Parents: 
Charles Frank and Martha Jane (Fritz) Swicegood. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1932; Southern Sem., B.D. 1935, also graduate study. Married Eloise Efird, 



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Albemarle, May 31, 1935. Children: Dermont Luther, Gaynelle, Brenda Mae, David 
Efird. Ordained 1935 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: First full-time pastor, St. 
Mark, Rowan Co., 1935-38; St. Enoch, Enochville, 1938-45; Center Grove, Kannap- 
olis, 1945-51; in S. C: Mt. Tabor, West Columbia, 1951-60; in N. C: St. Stephen, 
Hickory, I960-. 

SWICEGOOD, JOHN, born Dec. 30, 1806, in Davidson Co. Parents: Philip and 
Macdolena (Harmon) Swicegood. Educated: Gettysburg Sem. Married Sarah Crouch 
(or Crouse). Children: Daniel, Maria E., Charles Gice, Philip, John R., Martin L., 
(last three died at ages of 1, 7, & 13 yrs., respectively). Licensed 1836 and ordained 
1851 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: At Hopewell, Browntown, and other places 
in Davidson Co., 1837-47; Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1847-53, 1865-67; supply, 
with the Rev. Simeon Scherer, St. Michael, Troutman, 1853-56; Beth Eden, Newton, 
1855; Lows, Guilford Co.-Richland, Randolph Co., 1854-55; St. Paul, Iredell Co., 
1855-56; Bethany, Davidson Co., 1860-67. Died Sept. 9, 1870; buried at Bethany 
Church, Shady Grove, Davidson Co. 

SWICEGOOD, OLIN GRAY, born June 6, 1910, in Davidson Co. Parents: Aldine 
Keiffer and Viola Mae (Michael) Swicegood. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1930; Southern Sem., B.D. 1933. Married Willie Mae Eargle, Columbia, S. C, May 
26, 1935. Children: Leila Mae, Rebecca Gray. Ordained 1933 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mt. Hermon-Sharon-St. Paul, Iredell Co., 1933-35; Amity, Iredell 
Co. -Lebanon-Providence, Rowan Co. -St. Matthew, Davie Co., 1935-37; St. Andrew, 
Andrews, 1937-38; St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1938-47; Holy Trinity, Trout- 
man, 1947—. Member, Board of Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1946—. 

SWING, STAFFORD LEROY, born April 3, 1922, in Davidson Co. Parents: Wil- 
liam Henry and Florence (Beck) Swing. Educated: Univ. N. C, 2 yrs., Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1944; Southern Sem., B.D. 1946. Married Dorothy Elaine Ketner, Salis- 
bury, Nov. 25, 1947. Children (by adoption): Paul Ray, Donald Leigh. Ordained 
1946 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Asst. pastor, St. John, Salisbury, 1946-47; 
first full-time pastor, Redeemer, Kannapolis, 1947-50; St. Michael, Irmo, S. C, also 
serving as Parish Education- Youth Worker for S. C. Synod, 1950-53; in N. C.: 
Mt. Olive, Hickory, 1953-59. Transferred 1959 to Synod of N. W. Asst. pastor, 
Luther Memorial, Madison, Wis., 1959-63; Peace, San Antonio, Tex., 1963-. Asst. 
editor, N. C. Lutheran, 1955, editor pro tern., 1956. 

SWYGERT, ROBERT LEE, born Oct. 20, 1921, in Lexington Co., S. C. Parents: 
George W. and Cattie I. (Caughman) Swygert. Educated: Newberry Coll., B.S. 
1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Dolores A. Wiley, native of Iowa, at 
Leesville, S. C, Jan. 20, 1946. Children: Gary Dennis, Duane Merrill. Ordained 1957 
by S. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethany, Newberry Co., S. C, 1957; St. Jacob 
Parish, Chapin, S. C, 1957-58, St. Jacob only, 1958-61; in N. C: Prosperity (now 
Cross of Christ), Cabarrus Co., 1961-63. Transferred 1964 to S. C. Synod to become 
mission developer, Goose Creek, S. C. 

TABLER, JOHN T., born at Traptown, Md. Studied theology at Gettysburg Sem. 
Licensed by N. C. Synod 1832. Transferred to Va. Synod 1833, and ordained by 
that synod same year. Married Matilda Brown, April 16, 1835. Congregational rec- 
ords show that he served some churches in N. C: Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 
1831-33; supplied St. John, Salisbury, 1832-33; St. Michael, Troutman, 1832. Also 



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reported to have served some churches in Va., before and after his ordination, some 
years conflicting with terms of service in N. C. Va. Synod records state that he was 
transferred back to N. C. Synod in 1838. Name does not appear in the records after 
Sept. 1841. 

TAYLOR, JOHN FRANKLIN, JR., born April 2, 1932, at Landis. Parents: John 
Franklin and Mariette (Goodman) Taylor. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1955; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. As of November 1958, unmarried. Ordained 1958 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, Iredell, Co., 1958-63; Peace, Guilford Co., 
1963—. In college senior year, president of International Relations Clubs of N. C. 
Colleges. 

TERRY, ROGER HAROLD, JR., born Feb. 3, 1925, at East Spencer. Parents: 
Roger Harold and Marie (Kneeburg) Terry. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1945; Southern Sem., B.D. 1948; Union Sem., S.T.M. 1955. Married Martha Jean 
Frye, Hickory, June 30, 1948. Children: Barbara Marie, Ruth Elizabeth, Julia Knee- 
burg, Glenn Roger. Ordained 1948 by N, C. Synod. Churches served: Asst. pastor, 
St. John, Salisbury, 1948-50; of Augustana Luth. Ch., Emanuel, Ridgefield Park, 
N. J., 1950-53, while studying at Union Sem.; in N. C: St. Mark, China Grove, 
1953-59. Worship and Music Editor, ULCA Board of Parish Education, 1959-62, 
same, LCA, 1963—, editing three church school hymnals, for pre-school, grades 1-6, 
and youth and adults, to be published, 1964-66. Contributor to Resource, Journal 
of Church Music, Intern'l Jour, of Rel. Ed. Thesis subject for S.T.M. : "Luther's 
Doctrine of the Lord's Supper." Director, Lutheridge Sch. of Ch. Music, 1956 and 
1957. Secretary, Board of Lowman Home, 1956-59. As chrmn., N. C. Synod Comm. 
on Ch. Mus., 1957-59, assisted in introduction of The Service Book and Hymnal. 
Member, ULCA Dept. of Worship Consulting Comm., 1958-62. Continues on clerical 
roll of N. C. Synod. 

THOMAS, LUTHER ALEXANDER, born Aug. 8, 
1888, in Rowan Co. Educated: M. P. C. I., Roanoke 
Coll., A.B. 1911; Southern Sem., 1914, B.D. 1927; 
graduate study, Northwestern Univ., 1926; Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1929. Married Fannie S. Brown, 
Granite Quarry, sister of the Rev. P. D. Brown, 
Aug. 6, 1914. Children: Grace Brown, Luther Alex- 
ander, Karl Miller. Ordained 1914 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. Stephen, Lexington, S. C, 
1914-17; in N. C: St. Mark, Mooresville-St. Luke, 
Bear Poplar, 1917-20, St. Mark only, 1920-22; St. 
IHflflj^^HHIHH James, Concord, 1922-30; Grace, Winchester, Va., 
B|| 1930-36; Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1936-45; in Fla.: 
Holy Trinity, Miami, 1945-50; Epiphany, Miami 
Beach, 1950-57. Retired 1957 at Lincolnton. Active 
in supplying vacant pulpits. President, Fla. Synod, 1947-49. Member: Board of 
Trustees Educational Institutions, 1925-30; Board of Deaconess Work, ULCA, 
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THORNBURG, J. LEWIS, born Feb. 5, 1900, at 
High Shoals, Gaston Co. Parents: Lorenzo A. and 
Susan Ida (Plonk) Thornburg. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1920, D.D. 1956; Southern Sem., 
1923; Philadelphia Sem, B.D. 1924; Univ. S. C, M.A. 
1923; also graduate study, Univ. of Pa, Columbia 
Univ, Duke Univ, and Univ. N. C. Married Mary 
Lee Barnhardt, Salisbury, Aug. 3, 1927. Daughter: 
Martha Reed. Ordained 1923 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: First regular pastor, St. Paul, Dur- 
ham, and pastor to Luth. students at Duke Univ, 
1924-30; also, pastor to Lutheran students, Univ. 
N. C, Chapel Hill, 1924-27; St. John, Statesville, 
1930-45; supplied St. Paul, Iredell Co, 1938; St. 
Mark, China Grove, 1945-49. Since 1949 executive 
director, Lutheridge Assembly. Member, Boards of Lenoir Rhyne Coll, 1947-52, and 
Southern Sem, 1952-53. Member, ULCA Nominating Comm., 4 yrs. Contributor 
to Lutheran periodicals, and of sermon in Lenten volume, "Victim or Victor" (Muh- 
lenberg Press). 




TOWNSEND, NOAH EARL, born March 7, 1923, 
at Valle Crucis, Watauga Co. Parents: Noah A. and 
Sarah C. (Barger) Townsend. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll, A.B. 1946; Southern Sem, B.D. 1949; Syra- 
cuse Univ, M.A. in Religious Jour'm, 1956. Married 
Virginia Caroline Morgan, Hickory, daughter of the 
Rev. F. Grover Morgan, Dec. 20, 1946. Chlidren: 
Rebeca Lucia, Sara Leticia, Margarita Virginia, Paul 
Davis, Martin. Ordained 1949 by N. C. Synod, con- 
tinues as a member. Missionary in Argentina of 
ULCA Board of Foreign Missions, 1950-62, and since 
of LCA Board of World Missions. Among churches 
served: In Buenos Aires: Good Shepherd, Tandil, 
1950-54, and Redeemer (interim pastor and chaplain 
of its 600-pupil parochial school), 1965-66. H a s 
served as vice-president, secretary, and statistician of Argentina Lutheran Synod. 
Director of Evangelism and Literature for United Lutheran Church in Argentina; 
and secretary of Ecumenical Council of Churches. Writer and translator from English 
into Spanish for Lutheran Church magazine "Luz y Verdad" ("Light and Truth"), 
also for LCA Committee on Spanish Publications. 




TRETHEWAY, JACK EVANS, born Nov. 16, 1923, at Ironwood, Mich. Parents: 
Gideon Thomas and Clara Justine (Peterson) Tretheway. Educated: Luth. Bible Inst, 
Seattle, Wash, 1 winter, 1946; 1 summer in business coll, there; Augustana Coll, 
A.B. 1950; Inst, of Pastoral Care, Augustana Hosp, Chicago, 111, 6 weeks, 1951; 
Augustana Sem, B.D. 1954; Garrett Biblical Inst, Evanston, 111, summer 1958. 
Married Donna Jean Joneson, Rock Island, 111, Dec. 27, 1949. Children: Sue Ellen, 
Thomas Roy, Erik Dean. Ordained 1954 by Augustana Lutheran Church. Churches 
served: In Minn, 1954-60. Chaplain, U. S. Navy, Camp Lej'eune, 1960-64. Trans- 
ferred 1963 to N. C. Synod; transferred 1964 to Iowa Synod. 1965: Asst. pastor, 
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TREXLER, BERNARD LITTLETON, born Dec. 17, 1917, at Granite Quarry. 
Parents: William Roedel and Carrie (Cauble) Trexler. The Rev. Leroy C. Trexler is 
a younger brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1938; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1941. Married Dorothy Caughman, Columbia, S. C, Nov. 1, 1941. Children: William 
Bernard, John David. Ordained 1941 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Com- 
forter, Belmont, 1941-43; Trinity, Rocky Mount, 1943-49; St. Mark, Asheville, 1949- 
59; St. Mark, Corpus Christi, Tex., 1959-61; Trinity, Greenville, S. C, 1961-. Mem- 
ber, Board of Lutheridge, 1957-59. 

TREXLER, EDGAR RAY, born May 29, 1896, in 
Rowan Co. Parents: Luther C. and Sallie (Brown) 
Trexler. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1924; 
Southern Sem., 1927; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1927. Mar- 
ried Eula Belle Farmer, Faith, Oct. 2, 1928. Son: the 
Rev. Edgar Ray, Jr. Ordained 1927 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Mt. Zion-New Bethel-Luthers, 
Richfield, 1927-31; Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co., 1931-50; 
Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1950-59; Daniels, Lin- 
coln Co., 1959-63. Retired 1964, near Lincolnton. 
Member and secretary, Board of Lowman Home, 
1940-56. 

TREXLER, EDGAR RAY, JR., born Sept. 17, 1937, at China Grove. Parents: The 
Rev. Edgar Ray and Eula Belle (Farmer) Trexler. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1959; Southern Sem., B.D. 1962; Syracuse Univ., M.A in Religious Jour'm, 
1964. Married Emily Louise Kees, Raleigh, Aug. 21, 1960. Children: David Ray and 
Mark Raymond. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to N. Y. Synod. 
Churches served: St. John, Lyons, N. Y., 1962-65. Articles editor on staff of The 
Lutheran, 1965-. Transferred 1965 to N. C. Synod. 

TREXLER, FLOYD COLUMBUS, born Oct. 28, 1922, in Rowan Co. Parents: 
Luther L. and Mary (File) Trexler. Educated: Catawba Coll., (entered 1947) A.B. 
1952; Southern Sem., (entered 1950) B.D. 1953. Married Maurine Rehm, Milwau- 
kee, Wis., Oct. 10, 1946. Children: Deborah Leigh, Donna Lynn, David Lee, Danny 
Luke. Ordained 1953 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Bethany, Kannapolis, 1953- 
60; St. Mark, Mooresville, 1960-65; Our Savior, Jacksonville, 1965-. 

TREXLER, HENRY ALEXANDER, born Dec. 22, 
1855, near Rockwell. Parents: Caleb and Elizabeth 
Levina (Lyerly) Trexler. Educated: N. C. Coll., 1 
year, Roanoke Coll., 2 years, A.B. 1882, A.M. 1885; 
Southern Sem., 1 year, Philadelphia Sem., 1886; Chi- 
cago Sem., B.D. 1911. Married first Eltha Geva Van 
Poole, Rowan Co., Oct. 27, 1887. Children (8): Daisy 
E., Duke C., Charles Otho, Clarence W., two who 
died young, Luther M., and Eltha Gideon. Second 
marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Lippard, Barium Springs, 
Jan. 6, 1903. Ordained 1886 by Min. of Pa., and 
transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Matthew-St. Peter-Luthers, Rowan Co., 1886-92; 
Bethany, Davidson Co.-Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 
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1907; Organ-Ebenezer, Rowan Co., 1907-14; St. Matthew-St. Peter, Rowan Co., 
(supplied, 1909-10), 1914-20; Mt. Zion-Luthers-New Bethel, Richfield, 1920-24; 
Christiana, Granite Quarry, 1924-31. Retired 1931 at Rockwell. Died May 1, 1945, 
in 90th year; buried at St. Peter Church, Rowan Co. 

TREXLER, LEROY CAUBLE, born Aug. 9, 1922, at Granite Quarry. Parents: 
William Roedel and Carrie (Cauble) Trexler. The Rev. Bernard L. Trexler is an 
older brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945. 
Married Mable Shealy, Columbia, S. C, Sept. 27, 1945. Children: Baby girl (de- 
ceased), Nancy Eileen, Robin (deceased), Leroy Cauble, Jr. Ordained 1945 by N. C. 
Synod. Churches served: Good Shepherd, Goldsboro, 1945-49; Mt. Hermon, Cabar- 
rus Co., 1949-51; St. John, Cherryville, 1952-58; St. Paul, Sarasota, Fla., 1958-65; 
St. Paul, Columbia, S. C, 1965-. 

TREXLER, ROY LEON, born June 23, 1930, in Rowan Co. Parents: Nat Francis 
Harr and Clara Ethel (Morgan) Trexler. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1953; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1956, also graduate study. Married Dorothy Elizabeth Shealy, 
Batesburg, S. C, June 13, 1956. Children: Mary Katherine, Martha Ruth, Paul An- 
drew. Ordained 1956 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Prosperity (now Cross of 
Christ), Cabarrus Co., 1956-60; St. Andrew, Andrews, 1960-61; Bethel-St. Paul, 
Crouse, 1961-64; St. Mark, Rowan Co., 1964-. 

TROUTMAN, CARLSON BERNARD, born March 14, 1928, at Statesville. Par- 
ents: Nathan Wesley and Zella Mae (Lippard) Troutman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1950; Southern Sem., B.D. 1953. Married Jenny Hottle, Toms Brook, 
Va., June 12, 1949. Children: Thomas Carl, Barbra Lind. Ordained 1953 by N. C. 
Synod, and transferred to Va. Synod. Churches served: All in Va.: Salem, Mt. Sidney, 
1953-58; Holy Trinity, Martinsville, 1958-61; and Hebron-Mt. Nebo, Madison, 
1961-. 

TROUTMAN, EDWIN FLAVIUS, bora Oct. 18, 
1897, at Troutman. Parents: Elliot J. and Isabelle 
(Stevenson) Troutman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1923. Southern Sem., 1926. Married Estelle 
Brown, Troutman, June 7, 1927. Children: The Revs. 
Edwin Nosker and Gerald Stevenson. Ordained 1927 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Lebanon-Provi- 
dence, Rowan Co. -Amity, Iredell Co. -St. Matthew, 
Davie Co., 1926-29; St. Andrew, Andrews, 1929-37; 
Grace, Thomasville, 1937-38; Grace, Boone-St. Mark, 
Blowing Rock-Holy Communion, Banner Elk, 1938- 
52, Grace only, 1953-65. Campus pastor to Lutheran 
students, Appalachian State Teachers Coll., Boone, 
1938-65. Retired 1965 at Troutman. 

TROUTMAN, EDWIN NOSKER, born May 10, 1928, in Iredell Co. Parents: The 
Rev. Edwin Flavius and Estelle (Brown) Troutman. The Rev. Gerald S. Troutman 
is his younger brother. Educated: Appalachian State Teachers Coll., B.S. 1948; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1954. Married Faye Creech, Jacksonville, Fla., June 16, 1951. 
Son: Edwin Richard. Ordained 1954 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in 
N. C; in Va.: Emmanuel, Roanoke, 1954-55; miss, developer, Alexandria; and St. 




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James, Chilhowie; St. James, Jacksonville, Fla., 1962-65; St. Peter, Shenandoah, 
Va., 1965-. 

TROUTMAN, GERALD STEVENSON, born Dec. 16, 1933, at Andrews. Parents: 
The Rev. Edwin Flavius and Estelle (Brown) Troutman. The Rev. Edwin N. Trout- 
man is his older brother. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1960. Married Marihope Shirey, Newnan, Ga., Aug. 19, 1959. Ordained 1960 
by N. C. Synod. Churches served: None in N. C.; Reformation, Greeneville, Tenn., 
1960-63; St. John, Atlanta, Ga., 1963-. 

TROUTMAN, ROBERT LOVE, born March 4, 1932, in Iredell Co. Parents: Percy 
Love and Nonnie (Troutman) Troutman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., B.A. 1954: 
Southern Sem., 1957. Married Margaret Ruth Lineberger, Stanley, June 5, 1956. 
Son: Robert David. Ordained 1957 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Sharon, Gib- 
sonville, 1957-61; Bethel, Rowan Co., 1961-. 

TROUTMAN, ROY TAYS, born July 15, 1888, in 
Iredell Co. Parents: Adam Carmi and Barbara L. 
(Collins) Troutman. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1915; Southern Sem., 1918, B.D. 1924; Chicago 
Sem., S.T.M. 1924. Married Laura Jeanette Bradford, 
Iredell Co., June 5, 1918 (died early in 1920). Daugh- 
ter: Geraldine Grey. Second marriage to Mary Ella 
Cline, Concord, June 15, 1921. No children. Ordained 
1918 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Salem-Grace, 
Rowan Co., 1918-20; St. John, Cabarrus Co., 1921- 
23; Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1924-27; College Church, 
Salem, Va., 1927-34; Bethany, Lexington, Va., 1934- 
42; Resurrection, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1942-46; Bed- 
ford Co. Parish, Tenn., 1946-48; Bethel Parish, 
Springfield, Ga., 1948-53; St. James, Lexington, 
S. C, 1953-58. Retired 1958, and transferred 1960 to N. C. Synod, residing at Con- 
cord. Supplied St. Martin-Cold Water, Cabarrus Co., several years. Member, Board 
of Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1943-44. Secretary, Ga.-Ala. Synod, 1951-53. 

TRULL, BILLY GENE, born Oct. 15, 1932, at Concord. Parents: L. C. and Tessie 
Lee (Underwood) Trull. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1956; Southern Sem., 
B.D. 1959. Married Sara Nancy Carpenter, Concord, Aug. 18, 1956. Children: Vir- 
ginia Anne, Alicia Lynne. Ordained 1959 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. 
Mark-St. John, Caldwell Co., 1959-61; St. Mark, Gaston Co., 1961-64; St. Martin, 
Maiden, 1964-. 

VANDERFORD, BILLY LEE, born Nov. 20, 1934, in Rowan Co. Parents: G. N. 
and Mary Pauline (Rogers) Vanderford. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1957; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Jo Ann Critcher, Boone, July 6, 1958. Children: 
Lisa Ann, Linda Lee, Judy Renee. Ordained 1960 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Mt. Hermon, Iredell Co., 1960-62. Redeemer, Kannapolis, 1962-. 




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VOIGT, ANDREW GEORGE, born 
Jan. 22, 1859, at Philadelphia, Pa. Parents: 
Andreas George and Anna K. (Dehnhardt) 
Voigt. Educated: Univ. of Pa., A.B. 1880; 
Philadelphia Sem., 1883, third year at Er- 
langen Univ., Germany. Hon. degrees: 
Newberry Coll., A.M. 1889; Roanoke Coll., 

D. D. 1895; Lenoir Rhyne Coll., LL.D. 
Married Clara Mathilda Eisenhardt, Phila- 
delphia, Pa., Jan. 10, 1884. Children: Prof. 
Gilbert Paul, Clara Louise, twins Caroline 
and Elizabeth (married the Rev. Charles J. 
Shealy), a daughter dying in infancy. Or- 
dained 1883 by Min. of Pa. Churches 
served: St. Paulus, Mt. Holly-Zion, River- 
side, N. J., 1883-85; St. Paul, Wilmington, 
1898-1902; supplied with Rev. Prof. L. G. 
M. Miller, Holy Trinity, Charlotte, 1916-17, 
and many others on occasions. Professor 
(Modern Languages), Newberry Coll., and 
professor (Theology), Southern Sem., 1885- 
89, 1891-98. Professor and acting president, 
Thiel Coll., 1889-91. Dean (president) and professor (Systematic Theol.), Southern 
Sem., 1903-32. President, United Synod South, 1906-10, 1924-26. Member, Com- 
mission on Adjudication, ULCA, 1918-33, except for two years. Member, Commis- 
sion on Organizing of Lutheran World Convention (now Federation). Published 
"Why We are Lutherans," and other pamphlets; also "Biblical Dogmatics: Between 
God and Man," based on his seminary course. Contributed to The Lutheran Com- 
mentary and The Lutheran Cyclopedia, and edited The Lutheran Church Visitor 
a few years, while at Newberry, S. C. Member of N. C. Synod from pastorate at 
Wilmington (1898) to death, and wise counselor and clarifier of issues in delibera- 
tions of its conventions. "He was a thorough scholar, a master teacher, and withal 
a man of God. . . . He still lives in the lives of the men whom he trained in this 
School of the Prophets (Southern Seminary) for soul saving service." (Dr. Jacob L. 
Morgan, p. 114, History of the Lutheran Church in North Carolina, 1803-1953). 
Died Jan. 2, 1933; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, S. C. 

WADE, PEYTON J., born Aug. 26, 1847, in Floyd Co., Va. Parents: Owen and 
Levinia (Pflieger) Wade. Poor health prevented his preparing for ministry at Roanoke 
Coll. First a merchant; later studied theology under his pastor. Married Susanah P. 
Hylton, Willis, Va, Dec. 26, 1876. Children: Edward W, the Rev. William A, Lena 

E. Licensed 1889 by S. W. Va. Synod; ordained 1891 by Va. Synod. Churches 
served: In W. Va, and Va, 1891-98; in N. C.: Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co.- 
Cherry Hill, Davie Co, 1898-1905; in Md, to retirement in 1917 at Frederick, Md. 
Comment of his minister son: "His earnest prayer and expressed desire was that he 
would have a son for the ministry." Died Sept. 13, 1925; buried at Mt. Olivet Ceme- 
tery, Frederick, Md. 

WAGNER, J. M, ordained deacon 1844 by Tenn. Synod, and pastor in 1847. 
Churches served: In N. C.: Mt. Moriah, Rowan Co, 1848; Becks-Pilgrim-New Jeru- 
salem (first pastor, from 1856), Davidson Co, 1854-60. One of organizers of Holston 
Synod, 1860-61; listed in its minutes at following places in Tenn.: Millwood, Knox- 




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ville, Telford, Midway, Madisonville, and Troutman (last time in 1890). Teacher as 
well as pastor, teaching in Hiwassee Coll., Mosheim Inst., and other institutions. 
Treasurer, Tenn. Synod, 1854, 56, 58; secretary, 1857. A great-grandfather of the 
wife of the Rev. H. Grady Davis, long-time professor at Chicago Seminary. 

WALCHER, DANIEL, licensed 1816 by N. C. Synod, but not ordained. Served 
Becks-Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1817-21. Name removed from the clerical 
roll in 1823. 

WALKER, JAMES ERNEST, bom Feb. 14, 1902, 
in Cabarrus Co. Parents: John Davis and Minnie R. 
(Faggart) Walker. Educated: M. P. C. I., 1923, Le- 
noir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1925; Southern Sem., 1929; 
graduate study, Univ. S. C, 1927-28. Married 
Frances Margaret Aderholdt, Hildebran, Oct. 28, 
1930. Children: Dorothy Aderholdt, Martha Louise, 
William Davis. Ordained 1929 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Assistant pastor, Messiah, Philadel- 
phia, Pa., 1929-30; in N. C: St. Martin, Cabarrus 
Co.-St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1930-35; St. James-Em- 
manuel, Rockwell, 1935-42; St. Martin-Salem-Luthers 
Chapel, Maiden, 1942-47, St. Martin alone, 1947-51; 
Grace, Rowan Co., 1951—. 

WALKER, ROBERT GLENN, born June 25, 1929, at Norfolk, Va. Parents: Rob- 
ert G. and Randi L. (Mathisen) Walker. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1951; 
Chicago Sem., B.D. 1954; Florida State Univ., M.S. 1964. Married Cecelia Mary 
Cone, Raleigh, June 23, 1951. Children: Kathryn Marie, Victoria Elizabeth. Or- 
dained 1954 by 111. Synod. Churches served: Two in Fla. Synod as mission developer 
and later pastor: Christ, St. Petersburg, 1954-57, and St. Stephen, Tallahassee, 1957- 
61. Since 1961, Chaplain, Lenoir Rhyne Coll. "Hacawa," Lenoir Rhyne College 
annual dedicated to him in 1965. Member, Nat. Coun. on Family Relations, and 
Nat. Assoc. of Coll. and Univ. Chaplains. 

WALLACE, RALPH JUSTIN, born Oct. 12, 1935, at Greensboro. Parents: B. F. 
and Myrtle Margie (Austin) Wallace. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1961, Married Sarah Frances Huddle, daughter of the Rev. 
K. Y. Huddle, Newton, June 7, 1958. Children: Leslie Carol, Christopher Alan. 
Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Ascension, Wilson, 1961-64; St. 
Paul, Hamlet, 1964-. 

WALTHER, MARTIN, born at Powell's Fort, east of Woodstock, Va. First li- 
censed 1815 by Min. of Pa., to serve as catechist under his former teacher, the Rev. 
Paul Henkel. Licensed 1817 by N. C. Synod and ordained 1821 in Lows Church, 
Guilford Co. Churches served: None in N. C, but in Botetourt, Montgomery, and 
Shenandoah Cos., Va., among them St. Jacob, Fincastle; Zion, Burks Fork; and 
St. David. Transferred to Va. Synod, 1829. Va. Synod History says: "He spared him- 
self no labor in reaching his distant preaching places. He took an interest in the 
general work of the Church, attended the meetings of his Synod, and arranged 
for synodical meetings in his congregations wherever possible." So did many other 
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WANNEMACHER, JOHN HENRY, born April 10, 1866, at Carrollton, Ohio. 
Parents: Ulrich and Anna Margarethe (Grieser) Wannemacher. Educated: Capital 
Univ., A.B. 1890; St. Paul's Seminary, Hickory, 1894. Married Lula Geneva Yoder, 
Hickory, 1894. Children: Margaret (mother of the Rev. Harold G. Deal, Jr.), Cath- 
erine, Ernest. Ordained 1894 by and served churches of Joint Synod of Ohio: Ebe- 
nezer (preceded St. Paul, Crouse)-Luthers Chapel, Lincoln Co. -Bethel, Gaston Co., 
1894-96, and at Newburg, W. Va., 1897-98. Professor, St. Paul's Seminary, Hickory, 
1898-1900. Churches of Joint Synod in Kan., and of General Council in Ohio and 
Pa., 1900-11. Transferred 1911 to Tenn. Synod from Pitts. Synod; and served in 
N. C: Holy Trinity, Hickory, 1911-15; and with the Rev. R. S. Patterson supplied 
services at Hendersonville, 1914-15. Member, first joint commission (N. C. and 
Tenn. Synods) to Consider Proposition to Unite all Lutherans in N. C, 1914-15. 
Editor and bus. manager, The Catawba Lutheran, 1913-15. Died March 18, 1915; 
buried at Hickory. 

WEANT, WILLIE BAXTER, born Dec. 17, 1918, in Rowan Co. Parents: Andrew 
M. and Lou Rejina (Hodge) Weant. Educated: Pfeiffer Jr. Coll., 1940; Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1946; Southern Sem., B.D. 1949; Newberry Coll., D.D. 1963. U.S.A.A.F., 
bomber pilot 3 years and 8 mos., in World War II. Married Frances Eugenia Wil- 
helm, Rowan Co., Oct. 3, 1944. Ordained 1949 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: 
Union, Rowan Co., 1949-50. Transferred to Fla. Synod 1951; St. Mark, Miami, Fla., 
1950-60. Vice-president, Fla. Synod, 1954-60. Mission superintendent, Fla. Synod 
1960-62; since 1962 regional secretary, LCA Board of American Miss, for S. C, 
Fla., and Caribbean Synods. 

WEAVER, JOHN FRANKLIN, born Feb. 4, 1935, in Catawba Co. Parents: Gor- 
don Jacob and Pearl (Whitener) Weaver. Educated: Entered Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
1952, A.B. 1958; U. S. Marine Corps service in Korean Conflict, three years; South- 
ern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Barbara Joan Aull, Beaufort, S. C, July 23, 1960. 
Children: Michael Gordon, Jennifer Joan. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Sharon, Iredell Co., 1961-65. Chaplain, U. S. Navy, 1965-. 

WEDDINGTON, GUION THOMAS, born Oct. 21, 
1925, at Faith. Parents: Robert L. and Geneva L. 
(Hess) Weddington. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
B.A. 1949; Southern Sem., B.D. 1952. Married Naomi 
Hettie Steinmetz, native of Baltimore, Md., at Gun- 
tur, India, April 17, 1953. She had gone to India in 
Oct. 1952 as business manager of Kugler Hospital at 
Guntur, India. Children: Sarah Ruth, Mary Martha, 
Raymond S. Ordained by N. C. Synod 1953 and 
commissioned in home church, Calvary, Concord. 
Churches served: While awaiting ordination, supplied 
Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, Sept. 1952-Jan. 1953. 
LCA missionary in India, serving in Andhra Evang. 
Luth. Church, 1953-. Continues as a member of 
N. C. Synod. On furlough, serving as vice pastor, 
St. Mark, Gaston Co., 1965-. 

WEINELT, RONALD HENRY, born March 6, 1933, at Baltimore, Md. Parents: 
Henry J. and Martha H. (Meyn) Weinelt. Educated: Gettysburg Coll., B.A. 1955; 
Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Patricia Dorothy Riley, Lansdowne, Md., 
June 11, 1955. Children: Kurt Martin, Erik Luther. Ordained 1958 by Md. Synod. 




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Churches served: Christ, Lexington Park, Md., 1958-61; in N. C: Gloria Dei, Salis- 
bury, 1961-63; Kure Memorial, Kure Beach, 1963-. 

WERTZ, JOSEPH QUINCY, born Dec. 12, 1853, in Saluda Co., S. C. Parents: 
The Rev. J. H. W. and Caroline (Derrick) Wertz. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1877; Southern Sem., 1881. Married Martha Virginia Houseal, Newberry, S. C, 
1881. Children: Lillian Elizabeth, Joseph Quincy, Viola Mayer, Augustus Houseal. 
Ordained 1881 by S. C. Synod. Served churches in S. C, 1881-89: Salem-St. Mark, 
Lexington Co., St. Stephen, Lexington, and Pine Grove, St. Matthews; in N. C: 
Christiana (1889-94)-Union (1890-93), Rowan Co.; St. John, (1894-96)-supplied 
Mt. Olive (1894), Cabarrus Co.; St. Mark, China Grove, 1896-1902; Center Grove, 
Kannapolis, 1896-98, 1902-07; Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, 1896-1907 (death). 
Having won oratorical and literary medals at Newberry College, often was referred 
to as "the silver-tongued orator" of the N. C. Synod. Died Aug. 10, 1907; buried at 
Lutheran Chapel Church, China Grove. His widow became second wife of the Rev. 
W. A. Lutz. 

WESSINGER, BENJAMIN DAVID, born Oct. 24, 
1878, near Chapin, S. C. Parents: David F. and Julia 
C. (Frick) Wessinger. An older brother was the Rev. 
J. C. Wessinger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1899; Philadelphia Sem., 1903. His widow says he 
declined hon. D.D. degree. Married Nancy Virginia 
Caughman, Lexington, S. C. Nov. 10, 1903. Children: 
Julia, Elaine, George D., Louise Elizabeth. Ordained 
1903 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In S. C: 
St. Peter, Newberry Co., 1903-04; in Lexington Co., 
Cedar Grove, 1904-05, and St. Paul-St. John-Grace, 
1906-13; in N. C: St. John, Cherryville, 1913-23, 
assisted in organizing Ascension, Shelby, 1923; in 
Fla., Grace, Lakeland, 1924-36. Retired 1936 at 
Lakeland, Fla. At Kure Beach, conducted services in 
community chapel two summers before organization of Kure Memorial (1951). Presi- 
dent, Tenn. Synod, 1918-21. First president of Fla. Synod. Member, Boards of Le- 
noir Rhyne and Newberry Colls. Member, comm. to Recommend Conference Borders 
for the Merged (N. C. and Tenn.) Synod, 1921. Contributed frequently to several 
church papers. Died Dec. 11, 1951, at Lakeland, Fla.; buried at St. Thomas Church, 
near Chapin, S. C. 

WESSINGER, BERNICE JUSTUS, born Dec. 22, 
1895, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: J. S. and Anna (Seay) 
Wessinger. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1917; 
Southern Sem., 1920. Married Florence Ethel Beam, 
Cherryville, Oct. 20, 1920. Children: The Rev. 
Charles Samuel, Mary Roof. Ordained 1920 by Tenn. 
Synod. Churches served: Two (Tenn. Synod) at Pe- 
lion, S. C, 1920-22; in N. C.: Trinity-Cedar Grove- 
Sardis, Vale, 1922-26; Haven, Salisbury, 1927-33; 
Calvary, Spencer-Christ, East Spencer, 1933-44; 
Bethlehem-New Jerusalem (church rebuilt after fire 
in 1948), Catawba Co., 1944-50, New Jerusalem 
alone, 1950-58. Twj days after resigning to accept 
call to St. Mark, Blythewood, S. C, he died. Mem- 
ber, Board of Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1937-51. 





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Chairman of local weekday religious radio broadcasts while serving in Salisbury 
and Catawba Co. Died June 17, 1958; buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte. 

WESSINGER, CARROLL LEROY, born July 12, 1931, at Chapin, S. C. Parents: 
Ben L. and Zola (Stuck) Wessinger. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1953; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1956; Chicago Sem., 3-week sessions, 1957, 1959. Married Gloria Ann 
Smith, Charlotte, June 23, 1956. Children: Mark Haywood, Beth Ann. Ordained 
1956 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to Ohio Synod. Churches served: Asso. pastor, 
St. John, Springfield, Ohio, 1956-59; Prince of Peace, Indianapolis, Ind., 1959-64; 
in N. C: Nativity, Arden, 1964-. 

WESSINGER, CHARLES SAMUEL, born Sept. 9, 1921, at Pelion, S. C. Parents: 
The Rev. Bernice Justus and Florence Ethel (Beam) Wessinger. Educated: Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1942; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945. Married Alice Elizabeth Young, 
Charlotte, sister of the Rev. Jacob H. Young, June 8, 1945. Children: Anna Mary, 
Elizabeth Ellen, Samuel Young. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod and transferred to 
S. C. Synod. Churches served: Mt. Pleasant-Good Hope-Trinity, Saluda Co., S. C, 
1945-47; in N. C.: Grace, Thomasville, 1947-56; supplied Silver Valley (1947-49), 
Davidson Co. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1956; St. Andrew, Charleston, S. C. 
1956—. Asst. editor, N. C. Lutheran; editor of same, 1955-56. Published articles m 
The Lutheran and other ULCA magazines. Conducted weekly column on Religion 
in The Saluda Standard and Thomasville Tribune. 

WESSINGER, ELMORE LAFAYETTE, born Jan. 10, 1890, near Chapin, S. C. 
Parents: James Daniel and Adaline (Fulmer) Wessinger. Educated: Concordia Coll., 
1888-91, Newberry Coll., A.B. 1892; Philadelphia Sem., 1896. Married Alice Hart- 
man, Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 10, 1900. Son: Lewis Hartman. Ordained 1896 by Min. 
of Pa. Churches served: St. John, Shiremanstown, Pa., 1896-1903. Member, Tenn. 
Synod, 1903-08; Emmanuel-Mt. Zion, New Market, Va. Transferred back to Min. of 
Pa., 1908; Advent, Lancaster, Pa., 1908-28, and Zion, Marietta, Pa., 1931-47. Re- 
tired 1947, at Lancaster, Pa. Listed in 1966 Yearbook, within few months of 96th 
birthday. President, Tenn. Synod, 1904-05. President, Va. Conf., Tenn. Synod, 
1904-07. 

WESSINGER, JACOB CALVIN, born April 5, 1868, near Chapin, S. C. Parents: 
David F. and Julia C. (Frick) Wessinger. A younger brother was the Rev. B. D. 
Wessinger. Educated: Concordia Coll., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1893, hon. M.A.; 
Southern Sem., 1904; graduate study, Philadelphia Sem.; Univ. S. C. Married Mary 
Lula Shealy, Little Mountain, S. C, Dec. 5, 1895. Children: Jacob Calvin, Jr., Mary 
Virginia, Camilla Estelle. Ordained 1893 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Manas- 
sas (Va.) Parish, 1893-94; in N. C: Daniels (1894-95), and Trinity-Bethphage-Cedar 
Grove-Davids Chapel (1895-1903), Lincoln Co.; Sardis, Catawba Co., 1899-1902; 
and Becks-Lebanon-New Jerusalem, Davidson Co., 1904-05; in Tenn.: Millers 
Chapel-Zion-Bethel, Knox Co., 1903-04. Also, churches of both Tenn. and S. C. 
Synods in Newberry and Lexington Co., S. C., and of Ga.-Ala. Synod in Effingham 
Co., Ga., 1905-30. Retired 1930 at Rincon, Ga. Died Aug. 21, 1940; buried at Holy 
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WESSINGER, JOSEPH SAMUEL, born July 30, 
1882, near Chapin, S. C. Parents: J. Austin and Eady 
F. (Shealy) Wessinger. Educated: Clemson Coll., 
B.S. in Agric. 1908; Southern Sem., 1911. Married 
Jessie Lee Oxner, West Columbia, S. C, May 28, 
1911. Children: Retha Elizabeth, Mildred Arlene, 
Margaret Verl, John Bruce, James Arnold, Junie Er- 
lene, Tommy Joe. Ordained 1911 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served: Toms Brook, Va., 1911-15; in 
N. C. (twice): Mt. Moriah-St. Mark, Rowan Co., 
1915-27, St. Mark only, 1940-47, and St. Martin, 
Cabarrus Co.-St. Martin, Stanly Co., 1947-50; in 
S. C. (three times): in Newberry Co., 1927-34, Lex- 
ington Co., 1934-40, and Mt. Pilgrim-Mt. Tabor, 
Newberry Co., 1950-61. Retired at Newberry, S. C. 

WESTENBERGER, B. L., presumably ordained by the Joint Synod of Ohio, and 
served churches in Gaston and Lincoln Cos., of which some were admitted into 
Tenn. Synod (dates indicated in parentheses below). Several other pastors of same 
churches later on entered Term. Synod from Joint Synod of Ohio, but Westenberger 
is not included among pastors of Tenn. Synod. He is included here only because 
he served some churches in Lincoln and Gaston Cos., which were connected with 
the Tenn. Synod. Churches served: Bethel (1912), Gaston Co.-Luthers Chapel (1912), 
Lincoln Co.-Ebenezer (preceded St. Paul) (1902), Crouse, 1891-95; Antioch (about 
1882)-St. Paul (1912), Gaston Co., 1896-98. During last pastorate a small group with- 
drew from Antioch, built a temporary church, and united with Joint Synod of Ohio, 
but shortly after disbanded and returned to Antioch. 

WETZEL, HENRY, born Dec. 13, 1815, in Wythe Co., Va. Parents: George and 
Margaret Wetzel. It was written of him: "By . . . close application to study . . . 
he attained an eminent degree in literature and theology, as well as in church history 
and dogmatics. He was one of the ablest ministers in the Valley of Virginia." Mar- 
ried Mary Catherine Staubus, Augusta Co., Va., Dec. 5, 1839. Children: Six daugh- 
ters and one son: Francis Jane Victoria, Martin Luther (accepted as student for 
ministry, died 1865 at age 24), Mary Catherine Hilker (died at age 13), Rebecca 
Parnelia Ann, Henrietta Virginia, and two daughters, whose names are not known. 
Ordained deacon 1837, and served St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1839; ordained 1841 by 
Tenn. Synod. Tenn. Synod having granted permission to pastors of its Va. Special 
Conference to organize a synod of their churches, in 1867 at the announced time 
only three pastors, Henry Wetzel, James E. Seneker, and George Schmucker, at- 
tended. They and their lay delegates formed the Concordia Synod, which was too 
weak to survive long. Ten years later it became the Concordia District of Joint Synod 
of Ohio. Pastor Wetzel served churches of the three synods in Va. Among them 
were: St. Paul, Augusta Co., 1841-61; and for varying periods, from 1842 to 1872, 
in Rockingham Co.: organized Bethany (St. Jacob's), "Peaked Mountain Church," 
Trinity, and Phanuel; and from 1861 to 1875, in Shenandoah Co.: Zion, St. Matthew, 
and St. David. Some churches he served after 1867 had followed the three pastors 
out of Tenn. Synod, and several he had organized out of separating groups. After 
making pleas over a period of years, he was received back into Tenn. Synod in 
1885, at which time he was holding monthly services in Manassas, Va. He also 
served churches in W. Va., and Baltimore, Md. President, Va. Special Conf., Tenn. 
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Concord for publication, and also third volume of Luther's Church Postil on the 
Epistles. Died March 3, 1890, at home near Woodstock, Va.; buried at Zion Church, 
near Edinburg. 

WHITENER, BOYCE DANIEL, born July 28, 1934, in Catawba Co. Parents: 
James Reide and Maude Hettie (Wike) Whitener. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1957; Southern Sem., B.D. 1960. Married Joyce Blondelle Amick, White Rock, 
S. C, Sept. 3, 1960. Children: Boyce Daniel, Jr., Patti Carole. Ordained 1960 by 
N. C. Synod. Churches served: Holy Cross, Mocksville, 1960-63; Trinity, Vale, 
1963-. 

WHITESIDE, HOYLE L., born June 25, 1926, at Liucolnton. Parents: Arnold 
Lee and Ethel (Bumgarner) Whiteside. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1948; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1950, S.T.M. 1959. Married Anne Coffey, Granite Falls, June 
28, 1950. Children: Susan Rebekah, Hoyle L., Jr. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Bethlehem, Catawba Co., 1950-53; Lutheran Chapel, Gastonia, 
1953-60; Our Redeemer, Montgomery, Ala., 1960-61; in N. C: Macedonia (new 
church built, in which was held 1965 synod convention), Burlington, I960—. Mem- 
ber, Board of Southern Sem., 1961—, and of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 1965—. He and 
the Rev. W. Leo Smith were the first two S. T. M. graduates of Southern Sem. 
His thesis subject: "The Doctrine of the Real Presence in the Sacrament of the 
Altar." 



WHITTECAR, GEORGE RICHARD, 

born Aug. 22, 1910, Peabody, Kan. Parents: 
Lair J. and Ruth J. (White) Whittecar. 
Educated: Midland Coll., A.B. 1932; West- 
ern Sem., Fremont, Nebr., B.D. 1935; 
graduate study, Tulsa Univ.; Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., D.D. 1963. Married Ruth Elizabeth 
Livers, daughter of the Rev. Ralph W. 
Livers, D.D., Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 
16, 1936. Children: Ruth Elaine, Margaret 
Lair, Elizabeth Ann, George Richard, Jr. 
Licensed 1934, ordained 1935, by Kan. and 
Adj. States Synod. Churches served: Zion, 
Beloit, Kan., supply, 1934-35, pastor, 1935- 
39; First Tulsa, Okla., 1939-51; St. James, 
Concord, N. C, 1951-62. Secretary, Synod 
of Kansas and Adjacent States, 1941-42; 
president, 1942-45; stewardship secretary, 
1948-51. Member, Board of Social Missions, 
ULCA, 1950-62; and Board of Social Min- 
istry, LCA, 1962-64. Delegate to six ULCA 
conventions, 1938-58, and ex officio to LCA 
conventions as N. C. Synod president. President, Tulsa (Okla.) Council of Churches 
1941-42. Accredited visitor from ULCA to Second Assembly, World Council of 
Churches, Evanston, III, 1954. Vice-president, N. C. Council of Churches, 1961-63; 
president of same, 1963-65. First president, N. C. Synod of LCA, 1963-. 




WIKE, JACOB, born Jan. 1, 1867, near Hickory. Parents: Miles and Sarah (Setzer) 
Wike. An older brother was the Rev. Polycarp Cyprian Wike. Educated: Concordia 



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Coll., A.B. 1890; theology there, also. Studied medicine at Davidson Med. Coll., 
some time between 1897 and 1910; no data as to graduation or practice. Married 
Jessie Esther Frank, Davidson Co., Oct. 11, 1893. Children: Everette P., Ethel L., 
Keith S., Grady M., Sarah E., Mabel L., Jesse M., Martin L. Ordained 1891 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C: Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1890-91, with 
others supplied, 1898; Becks-Lebanon-Pilgrim, Davidson Co., 1891-93; New Jeru- 
salem, 1892-94, and Holly Grove, 1893-94, Davidson Co.; in S. C: Bethlehem, near 
Irmo, and St. Jacob, near Chapin; in Miss.: at Sallis, Beth Eden, Forest, and Home- 
wood, 1910-1918; Wallace, Ind., 1919-22. Retired 1923 on account of failing eye- 
sight, to live with daughter at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and later at St. Louis, Mo. Died 
April 17, 1958, in 92nd year; buried at Walnut Ridge, Ark. 




WIRE, POLYCARP CYPRIAN, born Sept. 1, 1858, 
near Hickory. Parents: Miles and Sarah (Setzer) 
Wike. A younger brother was the Rev. Jacob Wike. 
Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., Chicago Sem., 1898. 
Married Mary Ramey, 1900. Children: Irene, Luther, 
Weidner, Gladys. Ordained 1886, in the chapel at 
Gaston Coll., Dallas, by Tenn. Synod. Churches 
served: In N. C: supplied with the Rev. C. H. Bern- 
heim, Mt. Pleasant, Watauga Co., 1883-84, and with 
the Revs. Jacob Wike and J. L. Cromer, 1898; in 
Va.: Toms Brook and New Market, 1886-89, also 
Maurertown, 1890—. Transferred to Chicago Synod, 
1899. Churches served to 1926 in Ind., N. J., Ont., 
Canada, and 111. Secretary, 1892, and president, 1895, 
Tenn. Synod. Financial secretary, Weidner Inst. Died 



Aug. 4, 1953, 28 days before 95th birthday; buried at Chicago, 111. 

WILSON, JAMES HERBERT, born April 16, 1854, at Williamston, S. C. Parents, 
who died when he was three years old, were Delany L. and Hannah (Barrett) Wil- 
son. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1877, hon. A.M. 1880, D.D. 1905; Southern 
Sem., 1880. Married Mary Elizabeth Dunlop, Salem, Va., August 1879. Children: 
Lawrence Livingstone, Mary Salome, Hannah Barrett, Roberta Pauline, Robert Dun- 
lop. Ordained 1880 by S. C. Synod. Churches served: In S. C, 1880-1903; in N. C: 
St. John, Salisbury, 1903-06; Ascension, Savannah, Ga., 1907-10; in S. C: Orange- 
burg, and Sumter, 1911-1919. President, S. C. Synod, 1889-91, 1898-99. Member, 
Board of Newberry Coll., many years. Member and president, Board of Southern 
Sem. Financial Agent, Childrens Home, Salem, Va., 1907-08; same Marion Coll. 
Died July 17, 1919; buried at Mt. Pleasant Church, near Ehrhardt, S. C. 

WINGARD, EMANUEL ALBERT, born July 29, 1849, in Lexington Co., S. C. 
Mother was Elizabeth Muller. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 1872, D.D.; Southern 
Sem., 1875. Married Virginia Morris Kizer, Salem, Va., Oct. 1876. Children: Albert 
Kenneth, Hannah Virginia, Mary Elizabeth, Emma A., Irene Lockwood. Ordained 
1875 by S. C. Synod, and transferred to N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Mark, 
Charlotte, 1876-81. Transferred back to S. C. Synod; in S. C, to 1900; first regular 
pastor, St. Paul, Columbia, 1887-1900. President, S. C. Synod, 1885, 1889. Author 
of poems, publishing two books; "Echoes and Other Poems," and "For Church and 
State." Died, Nov. 26, 1900, in 26th year of ministry; buried at Columbia, S. C. 



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WISE, CURTIS KERR, born April 1, 1897, in Rowan Co. Parents: Daniel Frank- 
lin and Mary Laura (Kluttz) Wise. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1923, inter- 
rupting course to serve in U. S. Army in World War I; Southern Sem., B.D. 1926; 
graduate study, Univ. S. C. 1923-24. Married Ruby Caroline Ropp, Columbia, S. C, 
Oct. 12, 1926. Children: Rebecca Marie (married the Rev. Curtis E. Derrick), Sarah 
Ropp, the Rev. Curtis Kerr, Jr., Mary Caroline. Ordained 1927 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Good Hope, Hickory, student developer, 1923-26, pastor, 1926-32; 
supplied Sardis, Catawba Co., 1931; in S. C: St. Luke, Columbia, 1932-49, and 
Faith Mission, West Columbia, 1941-45. Social Missions Pastor, S. C. Synod, 1949- 
51. Other churches: Zion-Pilgrim-Providence, Lexington Co., S. C, 1951-54; in 
N. C. again: St. Peter, Rowan Co., 1954-58, and Grace, Catawba Co., 1958-59. 
Retired Oct. 1959, on account of physical disability. Died in Veterans Hospital, 
Durham, May 10, 1960; buried at Salem Church, Rowan Co. 

WISE, CURTIS KERR, JR., born Aug. 14, 1932, at Columbia, S. C. Parents: The 
Rev. Curtis Kerr and Ruby Caroline (Ropp) Wise. Educated: Newberry Coll., A.B. 
1954; Southern Sem., B.D. 1957. Married Martha Ann Bost, Concord, April 25, 
1959. Children: Teresa Ann, Stephen Curtis. Ordained 1957 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Cold Water-St. Martin, Cabarrus Co., 1957-58; Amity, Iredell Co., 
1959-63; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Cabarrus Co., 1963-. 

WISE, GERALD C, born Feb. 27, 1924, at Kent, 111. Parents: Porter L. and Elma 
(Wolford) Wise. Educated: Univ. of Dubuque B. A. 1950; Chicago Sem., B.D. 1953. 
Married Bertha A. Pilson, Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 29, 1948. Children: Stephen Andrew, 
Robert Frederick. Ordained by 111. Synod, 1953. Churches served: Holy Trinity, 
Fredericksted, Virgin Islands, 1953-56, Immanuel, Camanche, Iowa, 1956-60; Holy 
Trinity, Key West, Fla., 1960-61; St. Paul, Tampa, Fla., 1961-64; in N. C.: St. An- 
drew, Mt. Airy, 1964-. 

WISE, WALTER DANIEL, born May 12, 1880, 
at Courtland, Miss. Parents: Cornelius Lorenzo and 
Sarah Ann (Wyant) Wise. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., A.B. 1905; Southern Sem., 1908. Married Fan- 
nie Lavinia Frick, Chapin, S. C, Oct. 5, 1909. Chil- 
dren: The Rev. Bernard Frick, Evelyn Ruth, the Rev. 
Worth David. Ordained 1908 by Tenn. Synod. 
Churches served in N. C: St. James-Ebenezer, Ca- 
tawba Co., 1908-12; Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1908- 
11, 1912-18; St. Martin-Luthers Chapel-Salem, Mai- 
den, 1918-21. Transferred to S. C. Synod, 1922. 
Churches served in S. C: Cedar Grove-St. James, 
1921-28, St. John, 1922-24, and Salem, 1923-25, 
Lexington Co.; Silverstreet, Silverstreet-Corinth, Sa- 
luda, 1928-36, and Summer Memorial, Newberry, 
1930-36. In Va. Synod: Immanuel-Zion-New Haven, Sullivan Co., Tenn., 1936-44; 
Kimberlin-Corinth, Wythe Co., Va.-Pleasant Hill, Smyth Co., Va., 1944-47. Retired 
1947 to live with pastor son; later at Lowman Home. Transferred 1962 to N. C. 
Synod. Secretary, 1914-16, president, 1917-19, N. C. Conf., Tenn. Synod. Died April 
11, 1964; buried at Mt. Horeb Church, Chapin, S. C. 




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WISE, WORTH DAVID, born Feb. 23, 1924, at Leesville, S. C. Parents: The 
Rev. Walter Daniel and Fannie Lavinia (Frick) Wise. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1945; Southern Sem., B.D. 1948. Married Alice Victoria Ridenhour, daughter 
of the Rev. Charles E. Ridenhour, Dallas, Aug. 5, 1950. Children: Robert David, 
Rebekah Elizabeth. Ordained 1948 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Mark, 
Rowan Co., 1948-50; St. Andrew, Concord, 1950-54; St. John, Asheboro, 1954-61,' 
Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1961-. Member, 1954-62, secretary, 1958-60, Stewardship 
Comm., N. C. Synod, and delegate, Nat. Stewardship Conf., New York City, 1960. 
Member, Board of Lutheridge, 1965—. "Lion of the Year," award by Asheboro Lions 
Club, 1956. 

WOLF, J. MICHAEL: One source says that he was ordained by N. C. Synod in 
1860, but mentions no churches served in N. C; moved to Pa., and preached at 
Altoona, 1867-75, and Lancaster, 1878-80; and in N. Y., at Schenectady, 1876-77; 
and adds "He evidently came back to North Carolina, as he died here in 1899." 
Synod's History (1953) refers to him as M. Wolf and only in the clerical list on 
p. 381: Ordained 1860 (synod not named); first received into N. C. Synod 1890, 
from N. Y. & N. J. Synod; death 1899; buried at Poplar Mount, N. C. 

WOOD, WILLIAM COLLINS, born Aug. 20, 1927, at Vero Beach, Fla. Parents: 
Fletcher Bart and Rosa Edna (Lipsey) Wood. Educated: Florida Southern Coll., 
A.B. 1950; Pittsburgh-Xenia Sem., 1952; Oberlin Grad. and Chandler (Emory Univ.) 
Schs. of Theol.; special course, Southern Sem., 1958-60. Married Margaret Lois 
Howell, Lakeland, Fla., March 15, 1946. Children: William Collins, II, John Robert. 
Licensed 1944, ordained 1950 by Fla. Meth. Conf. Ordained Lutheran pastor 1960 
by Fla. Synod. Churches served: Bethlehem Parish, Pomaria, S. C, 1960-63; Shiloh, 
Lewisville, 1963—. 

WOOLLY, DONALD EDGAR, born Aug. 12, 1932, at High Point. Parents: Clyde 
Edgar and Mattie Princess (Moose) Woolly. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1955; Southern Sem., B.D. 1958. Married Anne Judith Rumley, Greensboro, July 12, 
1958. Children: Mary Elizabeth, Page Ellen. Ordained 1958 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Lows, Guilford Co., 1958-61; St. John, Asheboro, 1961—. 

WYRICK, HERMAN PEERY, born Oct. 26, 1890, 
at Rural Retreat, Va. Parents: Walter Winfield and 
Ollie Ora (Brown) Wyrick. Educated: Roanoke Coll., 
A.B. 1918; Southern Sem., 1921. Married Jane 
Hearne Hennies, Columbia, S. C, Aug. 10, 1921. 
Son: Herman Peery, Jr. Licensed 1918 and ordained 
1921 by S. W. Va. Synod. Churches served: Luther 
Memorial, Blacksburg, Va., 1921-22; in N. C: Mace- 
donia, Burlington, 1922-29; first regular pastor, 
church built (1930), ed. bldg. (1948), St. Luke, Char- 
lotte, 1929-53; St. Paul, Hamlet, 1953-58. Member 
and secretary, Board of Southern Sem., 1946-52. Died 
July 28, 1958; buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 
Charlotte. 

WYSE, JOHN HOPE, bom Feb. 14, 1861, in Lexington Co., S.C. Educated: 
Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1885; Philadelphia Sem., 1888. Married Grace Henderlite, 1889. 
No record of children. Ordained 1888 by Min. of Pa. Served churches in N. C: 




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First, Albemarle, 1889; Holy Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, 1888-89; in S. C, 1890-98: 
Bethlehem, St. Matthew, and St. Philip, Newberry Co.; Corinth, Saluda Co.; Mace- 
donia, Lexington Co.; and St. Mark, near Fort Motte; in Va.: Central Church, Burkes 
Garden, 1898-1904, and Mt. Tabor Parish, Augusta Co., 1904-08. Died March 25, 
1908; buried at Staunton, Va. 

YODER, HAROLD MONROE, born Nov. 23, 1922, at Hickory. Parents: Prof. 
Monroe Craig and Ethel Katherine (Setzer) Yoder. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 

A. B. in Pre-Med., 1943; Univ. N. C, 1943; Gettysburg Sem., B.D. 1950; Washing- 
ton (D. C.) School of Psychiatry. Married Selena Frances Kime, Liberty, Oct. 20, 
1951. Children: Eric Monroe, Frances Kathryn. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: Grace, Liberty, 1950-52; Good Shepherd, Goldsboro, 1952-57. 
Transferred 1957 to Md. Synod. 1965 address: Washington, D. C. 

YODER, JOHN YATES, JR., born Oct. 13, 1930, at Salisbury. Parents: John Yates 
and Leah (Miller) Yoder. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1952; Southern Sem., 

B. D. 1955, also graduate study. Married Marian Theresa Norris, daughter of the 
Rev. J. L. Norris, Burlington, Aug. 17, 1954. Children: Susan Annette, Sandra Caro- 
lyn, John Yates, III, Sharon Theresa. Ordained 1955 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Friedens, Guilford Co., 1955-58; Redeemer, Kannapolis, 1958-61; mission 
developer, later pastor, Epiphany, Winston-Salem, 1961-64. In clinical training as 
chaplain-intern, John Umstead Hospital, Butner, 1964-65. Demitted ministry 1965 
for psychiatric counseling service. 

YODER, ROBERT ANDERSON, born 
Aug. 16, 1853, in Lincoln Co. Parents: Solo- 
mon and Sarah (Seagle) Yoder. Educated: 
Hahn and Little Classical School, Hickory 
Taverns (Hickory), 1871; N. C. Coll., 1872- 
74, A.B. 1877, D.D. 1899; Lincoln Univ., 
Indiana, 1874-75; theology under the Revs. 
A. J. Fox, P. C. Henkel, and J. M. Smith, 
and at Philadelphia Sem., 1883-85. Married 
Rosa Elizabeth Fisher, Rowan Co., May 9, 
1878. Children: Mary Pearl, Lela Fisher 
(married the Rev. John Hall), Maud Eliza- 
beth, Blance Irene (married the Rev. Brady 
L. Stroup), Margaretta Anna, Robert Able, 
Paul Allison. Ordained 1879 by Tenn. 
Synod. Served churches of N. C. Confer- 
ence of Tenn. Synod in three counties, often 
three or four at same time. In Catawba Co.: 
Concordia Chapel, Conover, 1879-83; St. 
James, 1879-96, 1901-05; Grace, 1884-95; 
St. Andrew, Hickory, 1896-1901, 1905; 
Sardis, 1896-99; St. Martin, Maiden, 1898- 
1900, 1901-05; Ebenezer, 1901-05; organized Mt. Calvary, Claremont, 1902-05; Mt. 
Olive, 1905; Beth Eden, Newton, 1894-96, 1905; in Watauga Co.: Mt. Pleasant, 
1881, with the Rev. J. P. Miller, 1888; in Lincoln Co.: Salem, 1884-99; Emmanuel, 
Lincolnton, 1905-11, serving at time of death. Official positions in Tenn. Synod: 
Secretary, 1885; president, 1886; corresp. secretary, 1887; treasurer beneficiary 
fund, 1890-91; treasurer of synod, 1894-1911; delegate to United Synod South, 1888- 




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1910. In United Synod South: vice-president, 1900-02; president, 1902-06; presi- 
dent, Board of Home Missions and Church Extension, 1909-10. Educational posi- 
tions: In Concordia High School, teacher and head, 1878-83; after it became Con- 
cordia Coll., professor and president, 1888-91. With the Revs. A. L. Crouse, W. P. 
Cline, and J. C. Moser, and layman J. G. Hall, trustee of the Walter W. Lenoir 
property, founded Lenoir Rhyne Coll., in 1891; president of same, 1891-1901, also 
lecturing in such subjects as logic, psychology, mathematics, and ethics. A gifted 
mathematician and architect, designer of "Old Main" at Lenoir Rhyne Coll., and a 
number of churches. Member, Boards of Concordia Coll., and of Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll., 1899-1901. Author of many doctrinal and practical papers and pamphlets 
which were published chiefly in Our Church Paper and Lutheran Church Visitor. 
Among them were: "From the Human to the Divine," "What Type of Lutheranism 
Should Prevail in the South," "The Situation in North Carolina," "The Call to the 
Work of the Gospel Ministry," and "The Biblical Basis of Missions— Our Marching 
Orders." On the occasion of the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Yoder at the college 
in 1937, Prof. V. V. Aderholdt said of him, "His was a life consecrated and lived 
for his church, and Lenoir Rhyne College will always stand as a monument to his 
memory. He was a great teacher and a great preacher." Died May 16, 1911, in 58th 
year of age; buried in Daniels Churchyard, near Lincolnton. 

YONTS, MARTIN LUTHER, born March 11, 1926, at Thomasville. Parents: 
Lloyd Oran and Bernice Maggie (Sink) Yonts. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1946; Philadelphia Sem., B.D. 1948. Married Hazel Onella Collins, Thomasville, 
June 25, 1946. Son: Martin Luther, Jr. Ordained 1948 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: In Pa.: Trinity, Homer City-Luther Chapel, Coral, 1948-53; in N. C: Wit- 
tenberg, Granite Quarry, 1953-56. Transferred 1956 to Tex. -La. Synod, and served 
Good Shepherd, Dallas, Tex., 1956-60. Secretary for Home Missions and Steward- 
ship, Tex. -La. Synod, 1960-62. Regional secretary (Ohio and Mich.), Board of Ameri- 
can Missions, LCA, 1962-65; assistant to Exec. Sec'y, same board, 1965—. 




YOST, JOHN LEWIS, born March 9, 
1893, in Rowan Co. Parents: John Monroe 
and Laura Jane (May) Yost. Educated: 
M. P. C. I., Roanoke Coll., A.B. 1914, LL.D. 
1959; Southern Sem., 1917; Newberry Coll., 
D.D. 1935. Married Eva Louise Dunning, 
Columbia, S. C., May 24, 1917. Children: 
The Rev. John Louis, Jr., Elizabeth Louise. 
Ordained 1917 by N. C. Synod. Churches 
served: Redeemer, Bristol, Tenn., 1917-21; 
in N. C.: St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1921-23; 
and Holy Trinity, Gastonia, 1923-29; Re- 
deemer, Atlanta, Ga., 1929-45. President, 
Southern Sem., 1945-60. Retired Jan. 1, 
1961, at Columbia, S. C. President, Ga.-Ala. 
Synod, 1942-45. Member, Board of Foreign 
Missions, ULCA, 12 years; official visitor 
of same to Japan mission field, 1947. Trans- 
ferred back to N. C. Synod, 1960. The new 
administration building at Southern Sem., is 
named "John Lewis Yost Administration 
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YOST, JOHN LOUIS, JR., born April 27, 1921, 
at Bear Poplar. Parents: The Rev. John Lewis and 
Eva Louise (Dunning) Yost. Educated: Newberry 
Coll., A.B. 1943; Southern Sem., B.D. 1945; Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll., D.D. 1964. Married Kathryn Sue Caugh- 
man, born at Rajahmundry, India, daughter of the 
Rev. Carl B. Caughman, at Columbia, S. C, Sept. 
27, 1945. Children: John L., Ill, Kathryn Susan, Carl 
Russell. Ordained 1945 by Ga.-Ala. Synod. Churches 
served: Holy Trinity, Lynchburg, Va., 1945-47; St. 
Paul, Savannah, Ga., 1947-52. Secretary, Board of 
Foreign Missions, ULCA, 1952-54. Other churches 
in N. C: Haven, Salisbury, 1954-59; Holy Trinity, 
Hickory, 1959—. Chairman, N. C. Synod Operational 
Comm., ("Little JCLU"), 1961-62. Elected first presi- 
dent, N. C. Synod, LCA, at constituting convention, 1962, but declined, choosing 
to continue as pastor. Member, Exec. Board, N. C. Synod, 1962-; dean, N. W. Dist, 
1962-; and trustee, Michael Peeler Fund. Member and on Exec. Comm., Board of 
World Missions, LCA, 1962-. 

YOUNG, JACOB HOSEA, JR., born Aug. 14, 1925, at Charlotte. Parents: Jacob 
Hosea and Geneva (Basinger) Young. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1947; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1950. Married Martha Ann Edwards, Burkes Garden, Va., Aug. 
5, 1950. Son: David. Ordained 1950 by N. C. Synod and transferred to Va. Synod. 
Churches served: Sharon-St. Matthew-Red Oak, Bland Co., Va., 1950-51; in N. C: 
Zion, Catawba Co., 1951-56; and Philadelphia, Granite Falls, 1956-61; Holy Trinity, 
Martinsville, Va., 1961-. 

YOUNG, ROBERT LINDEN, born June 17, 1935, in Davidson Co. Parents: 
Robert Chester and Blanche Marie (Everhart) Young. Educated: One year at N. C. 
State Univ., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1964. Married 
Andrea Louise McNaughton, Charleston, S. C, Sept. 1, 1963. Son: Robert Andrew. 
Ordained 1964 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Amity, Iredell Co., 1964-. 

YOUNT, ADOLPHUS LEROY, born May 28, 1853, in Catawba Co. Parents: 
Noah and Elizabeth (Herman) Yount. Educated: N. C. Coll. and by private teachers. 
Received D.D., presumably from N. C. Coll. A younger brother was the Rev. J. 
Alonzo Yount. Married Leah Ellen Henkel, daughter of the Rev. David Melanchthon 
and Helleah Anna Maria (Henkel) Henkel, June 13, 1877. Children: David Leroy, 
the Rev. John Arndt, Mary Helen (died in 15th year), the Rev. Paul Luther, Carl 
Cossman, M.D., Frederick (died in 3rd year), Anna Elizabeth (died at age 10), 
Hilda Margaret, William Leonard (died at age 10). Licensed 1876 and ordained 
1877 by Tenn. Synod. Supplied St. Mark, Charlotte, 1874-76. Transferred after 
ordination to 111. Synod, 1877. Served churches in 111., Nova Scotia, and Pa., First 
Church, Greensburg, Pa., (23 years), the last and longest. Died Dec. 14, 1914, at 
Greensburg, and buried there. 

YOUNT, ADRIAN KENNETH, born Jan. 26, 1902, in Catawba Co. Parents: Davis 
Emmanuel and Alice Leona (Miller) Yount. An older and a younger brother, respec- 
tively, are the Revs. Carroll N. and Wade D. Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1925; Southern Sem., B.D. 1928; Univ. S. C. M.A. 1928. Married Audrey Eliza- 




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beth Shumate, Churchville, Va., June 11, 1929. No children. Ordained 1928 by N. C. 
Synod and transferred to Va. Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1928-51, 1959—; in 
Ind., 1951-59. 1965: Bethel-St. Jacob-Zion, Edinburg, Va. 

YOUNT, CARROLL NOAH, born Nov. 
1, 1891, in Catawba Co. Parents: Davis E. 
and Alice Leona (Miller) Yount. Two young- 
er brothers are the Revs. A. K. and W. D. 
Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1915; Southern Sem, 1918, B.D. 1924; 
Univ. S. C, M.A. 1918. Married Ethel Mar- 
guerite Porter, Barium Springs, June 10, 
1918. Children: Mary Alice (married the 
Rev. Stanley B. Jennings), Kathryn Schultz, 
Brent Porter, Carroll Thomas. Ordained 
1918 by Ga. & Adj. States Synod. Churches 
served: St. James, Brunswick, Ga., 1918- 
19; in N. C: Holy Communion-St. Paul- 
Philadelphia-Antioch, Gaston Co., 1919-22; 
Holy Communion-Christ-Bethel, Gaston Co., 
1922-25; St. Stephen-Mt. Olive, Hickory, 
1925-35, supply 1935-36; Faith, Faith, 
1936-53; first full-time pastor, Atonement, 
North Wilkesboro, 1953-60; mission devel- 
oper, Elkin Mission, 1960-61. Retired 1962, 
near Statesville. Member, Boards of South- 
ern Sem., 1934-37, 1943-46, and of Lowman Home, 1953-55. Comm. member, 
teacher, secretary, treasurer, dean, and director, at various times, Summer School 
for Church Workers, 1925-34. Promoter of first organized district leadership training 
schools in the synod. Member, 1952—, and chairman, 1956—, Comm. on Historical 
Work, assisting in publishing and managing sales of "History of the Lutheran 
Church in North Carolina" 1803-1953 (1953). Under his leadership as chairman, a 
ten-year supplement to the 1953 History was published in 1965 and this volume 
was prepared and published. 

YOUNT, GLENN ANTHONY, born April 9, 1922, at Hickory. Parents: Hugh 
Preston and Myrtle Vesta (Seaboch) Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1941; Southern Sem., B.D. 1944, aLo graduate study and at Chicago Sem. Married 
Doris Maenell Sigmon, Startown, April 6, 1947. Son: Glenn Anthony, Jr. Ordained 
1944 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: St. Paul, Startown, 1944-47; Emmanuel, 
Rockwell, 1949-54; Bethphage-Cedar Grove, Lincoln Co., 1954-56; Bethphage alone, 
1956-59; St. Luke, Bear Poplar, 1960-64; Shiloh, Alexander Co., 1964-. 




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YOUNT, JOSHUA ALONZO, born Dec. 17, 1864, 
near Conover. Parents: Noah and Elizabeth (Herman) 
Yount. Educated: Concordia Coll., Lenoir Rhyne 
Coll.; studied theology there, also. Married first Sarah 
Lugene Miller, Catawba Co., 1889. Children: Mattie 
(died in 1927), the Rev. Noah David, Paul (died in 
1910), Ella, Olive (mother of the Rev. Clayton W. 
Sugg), Lillie, the Rev. Walter N., John L. Second 
marriage to Louise Glendmeyer, Baltimore, Md., 
April 28, 1912. No children. Three nephews are the 
Revs. C. N., A. K., and W. D. Yount. Ordained 1900 
by Tenn. Synod. Churches served: All in N. C, ex- 
cept in Pitts. Synod, 1904-05, some of them in two 
or three pastorates; his records, Dr. Jacob L. Mor- 
gan's, and Synod's History (1953) are conflicting, and 
dates are uncertain. By counties they were: In Catawba Co.: Organized St. Luke; 
St. Stephen; Sardis; and perhaps St. Peter and Salem; in Alexander Co.: Friendship 
(three times); Shiloh; and organized, served twice, St. John; in Caldwell Co.: Phila- 
delphia, Granite Falls (twice); St. Stephen, Lenoir; organized, served twice, St. 
John, Hudson; and St. Mark, near Blowing Rock; in Watauga Co.: Holy Communion 
(twice); Mt. Pleasant (three or four times); Old Mt. Pleasant; Mt. Zion (twice); Grace, 
Boone; and Holy Trinity; in Lincoln Co.: Trinity, Vale-Cedar Grove; in Cabarrus 
Co.: Mt. Olive-St. Stephen; in Rowan Co.: supplied Emmanuel. Obituary (Synod 
minutes, 1944) says he directed construction of six edifices and two parsonages, and 
remodeling of others, and organized ten Tenn. Synod congregations. Retired 1939 
on farm near Conover; supplied Mt. Pleasant and Holy Trinity in Watauga Co. 
Died June 4, 1943; by his request funeral was conducted by pastor sons, assisted 
by the Revs. Jacob L. Morgan and F. L. Conrad, respectively, president emeritus 
and president of N. C. Synod; buried at St. Timothy Church, near Hickory. 




YOUNT, LAWRENCE EDWIN, born Feb. 1, 1936, in Mecklenburg Co. Parents: 
Robert Alvin and Lillie Bell (Cansler) Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 
1958; Southern Sem., B.D. 1961. Married Barbara Ann Herndon, Hickory, Aug. 23, 
1959. Ordained 1961 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Sardis, Catawba Co., 1961- 
62; Mt. Hermon, Iredell Co., 1962-. 



YOUNT, NOAH DAVID, born Feb. 24, 1892, near 
Conover. Parents: The Rev. Joshua Alonzo and Sarah 
Lugene (Miller) Yount. A younger brother is the Rev. 
Walter N. Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., 
A.B. 1915; Southern Sem., 1918, B.D. 1925. Married 
Rena Bertie Simmons, Conover, Nov. 10, 1936. Chil- 
dren: John David and Sara Ella. Ordained 1918 by 
Tenn. Synod. Churches served: In N. C, Watauga, 
Avery, Ashe, and Caldwell Cos.: Four— Holy Com- 
munion; Mt. Pleasant (rebuilt 1922 on new site after 
fire in 1920); Mt. Zion; and organized (1918) Holy 
Trinity; and three preaching points— Boone, Blowing 
Rock (Bailey's Camp), and Banner Elk. (Part of Mt. 
Pleasant in 1922 organized Old Mt. Pleasant and 
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Western N. C, 1923-25, surveying territory, developing and organizing missions: 
Ascension, Shelby; St. Mark, Asheville; and St. Andrew, Andrews; pastor: Ascen- 
sion, Shelby-Grace, Bessemer City, 1925-32; Grace only, 1932-37; in Fla., 1937-55: 
St. John, Hollywood; in S. C., 1955-64: Augsburg, Union-St. Timothy, Whitmire. 
Tenn. Synod delegate, ULCA merger convention, 1918. In Fla. Synod: Statistician, 
president, secretary, and member, Boards of Childrens Home and Lowman Home. 
Retired 1964, residing at Conover and supplying churches. Transferred 1965 to N. C. 
Synod. 

YOUNT, ROBERT WALTER, born July 14, 1922, in Lincoln Co. Parents: Samuel 
Walter and Flossie R. (Ramsey) Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1959; 
Southern Sem., B.D. 1962. Married Ima Jean Newton, Vale, Dec. 24, 1942. Chil- 
dren: Robert Gary, Barbara Jean, Joyce Ann. Ordained 1962 by N. C. Synod. 
Churches served: St. John-St. Mark, Caldwell Co., 1962-65; Trinity, Cabarrus Co., 
1965-. 

YOUNT, ROYALL AUSTIN, born May 19, 1922, at Hickory. Parents: Floyd S. 
and Lottie Mae (Austin) Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1942; Southern 
Sem., B.D. 1945; summer 1953, Chicago Sem.; Newberry Coll., D.D. 1956. Married 
Martha Lee Townsend, Hickory, June 14, 1945. Children: Royall Austin, Jr., John 
Timothy. Ordained 1945 by N. C. Synod, and transferred to Fla. Synod. Churches 
served: St. Paul, Tampa, Fla., 1945-52. Vice-president, Fla. Synod, 1949-50, presi- 
dent, 1950-52, same, full-time, 1952-62. President, Fla. Synod, LCA, 1962-. 

YOUNT, WADE DAVIS, born June 28, 1909, in Catawba Co. Parents: Davis Em- 
manuel and Alice Leona (Miller) Yount. Older brothers are the Revs. C. N. and 
A. K. Yount. Educated: Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1933; Southern Sem., B.D. 1936. 
Married Nora Charline Deal, Conover, May 20, 1936. Children: Max Hoffman, Ken- 
neth Davis, Johanna Wells. Ordained 1936 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Grace- 
Melanchthon-Richland, Liberty, 1936-37; supplied Kimball Memorial and St. Enoch, 
Kananpolis, 1937-38; St. Mark, Rowan Co., 1938-40; Nazareth-Shiloh, Rural Hall, 
1940-41; Christ, Evansville, Ind., 1944-46; again in N. C: Sardis, Catawba Co.- 
Salem, Lincoln Co., 1950-53. Retired 1953 near Conover. Supplied St. John, Alex- 
ander Co., 1954-56, and Salem, Lincoln Co., 1956-61. 

YOUNT, WALTER NICHOLAS, born Sept. 7, 1905, near Conover. Parents: The 
Rev. Joshua Alonzo and Sarah Lugene (Miller) Yount. An older brother is the Rev. 
Noah D. Yount. In business before entering college. Educated: M. P. C. I., Lenoir 
Rhyne Coll. 1931-32; Southern Sem., 1932-35. Married Virginia Turner, Concord, 
at Boone, June 13, 1928. Children: Walter N., Jr., Philip Clair, Martha Ann. Or- 
dained 1935 by N. C. Synod. Churches served: Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co.-Beth- 
any, Stokes Co., 1935-40; Bethphage-St. Mark-St. Paul, Lincoln Co.-Bethel, Gaston 
Co., 1940-42; St. John, Asheboro, 1942-51; Calvary, Concord (new site bought, new 
church and parsonage built), 1951-. Member, Board of Lenoir Rhyne Coll., I960-. 
Chmn., Committees on Pensions, and on Christian Vocation, N. C. Synod, LCA, 
1962-. 

ZIMBECK, SILAS A., ordained in 1893 by Ind. Synod. Churches served: In Pa., 
1897-1901. Transferred 1912 to N. C. Synod from E. Pa. Synod, and served St. An- 
drew-Mt. Hermon, Cabarrus Co., 1912-14. Transferred 1915 to Ga. & Adj. States 
Synod; served in Fla. and 111. Died 1931; buried at Sharon, Wise. 



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ZINK, JACOB, born in Shenandoah Co., Va. Licensed 1815 by N. C. Synod in 
Organ Church, Rowan Co.; ordained 1820 at organizational convention of Tenn. 
Synod in Solomons Church, Greene Co., Tenn. One of seven N. C. Synod ministers 
who organized Tenn. Synod. Churches served in East Tenn., and Va., including 
Zion, Sullivan Co., Tenn., Solomons, Greene Co., Tenn., and Sugar Grove, Bristol, 
Va. Lived in Washington Co., Va. Made at least one extensive missionary tour, as 
indicated in the following statement: "A letter from the Rev. Jacob Zink, received 
at the third convention (Tenn. Synod, 1822), stated that he had baptized twenty- 
eight adults and sixty-nine infants in the State of Louisiana and many more than that 
number in the State of Indiana." (p. 77, History of Lutheran Church in North Caro- 
lina: 1803-1953.) Died 1829; buried in Indiana. 

ZINK, P. E., licensed 1872 in Organ Church, Rowan Co.; ordained 1873 in St. 
Paul, Rowan Co., by N. C. Synod. In 1873 assisted the church's pastor, the Rev. 
J. D. Bowles, in reorganizing Dutchmen's Creek Church as Reformation Church, 
Davie Co. Served Pilgrim-St. Luke, Davidson Co., 1878-1883. No further record of 
his service. Died Dec. 23, 1892; buried in Old Chapel Cemetery, near Tyro, David- 
son Co. 

ZIPPERER, DEWEY WILLIAM, born Dec. 21, 
1898, at Marlow, Ga. Parents: John Theophilus and 
Salome Margaret (Waldhour) Zipperer. Educated: 
Lenoir Rhyne Coll., A.B. 1922; Southern Sem., B.D. 
1925; Univ. S. C, M.A. 1925. Married Beulah Wal- 
born, Van Vert, Ohio, at Raleigh, Aug. 25, 1925. 
Daughter: Ellen Jacquelyn. Ordained 1926 by Va. 
Synod. Churches served: In Va., 1925-53, Forestville 
(twice), Blacksburg, and Waynesboro; in N. C, Mt. 
Moriah, Rowan Co., 1953-61; in Tenn., St. James- 
Solomons, Greene Co., 1961-64, to retirement at 
Mt. Jackson, Va. 




"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached 
unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto 
you, unless ye have believed in vain" 

I Corinthians 15:1-2 



SECTION THREE 



ro Ministers 

(Alpha Synod) 

Early in its existence the North Carolina Synod acknowledged its responsibility 
for the spiritual care of the slaves of members of its churches. At its twelfth con- 
vention (1814), the following was adopted: "Resolved, That it is our duty to preach 
the Gospel to Negroes, and after proper instruction to admit them to all the means 
of Grace in the church, and to make room for them in our churches." Also, masters 
of slaves were admonished to give them liberty for that purpose. For a number of 
years from 1819 reports were made of accessions of Negroes by baptism. 

Emancipation of the slaves changed the custom. At its 1866 convention the Ten- 
nessee Synod took action for the licensing of Negro candidates, who being exam- 
ined were judged qualified "to preach, catechise, baptize, and (perform marriages) 
among those of (their) own race"; under a committee of two ordained ministers 
and two laymen, on a year by year basis. 

The N. C. Synod in 1868 decided to follow Tennessee Synod procedure, and li- 
censed Michael M. Coble, to minister to his people under the guidance of the 
Rev. C. H. Bernheim. This procedure was followed for some years. Later the fol- 
lowing were ordained: David James Koontz in 1880, Nathan Clapp and Samuel Holt 
in 1884, and W. Philo Phifer in 1890. 

By authority of the synod, a committee of four, the Revs. W. G. Campbell, F. W. 
E. Peschau, George H. Cox, and T. S. Brown, on May 8, 1889, at St. John, Cabarrus 
Co., organized the Negro pastors and laymen from their churches under the title of 
"The Alpha Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Freedmen in America/' 

Some years later, attracted by the extensive missionary program of the Missouri 
Synod among Negroes in the South, the colored pastors and churches affiliated with 
that body. 

Brief sketches, based on available information, of Negro ministers of the synod 
of that period are included here. All were born in slavery, and little is recorded of 
their personal life and spiritual ministry. 

CLAPP, NATHAN, born in Alamance Co.; ordained 1884 by N. C. Synod, in 
Ebenezer Church, Rowan Co. Churches served: Springdale, Samuel Holt Chapel, 
and Elon College School House, all presumably in Alamance Co. One of organizers 
of the Alpha Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Freedmen in America, 
May 8, 1889. 

COBLE, MICHAEL, bom in Guilford Co.; licensed 1868 by N. C. Synod. 
Preached to Negroes in and around Concord, mostly in homes of the people, for 
want of church buildings. After a few years joined the Methodists. 

FRY, THOMAS, born in Lincoln Co. At 1865 Tenn. Synod convention he applied 
for licensure. A committee of the Revs. P. C. Henkel and J. M. Smith, examining 
him, found that he could not read or write, and was not otherwise qualified to be 
licensed. However, for most of his life he ministered to his own people in Catawba 
and Lincoln Cos., and organized a church (St. Peter) in Catawba Co. 

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HOLT, SAMUEL, born in Alamance Co.; ordained 1884 by N. C. Synod. Orga- 
nized and served several churches in Alamance and Guilford Cos., including Samuel 
Holt Chapel at Elon College. An organizer and first treasurer of Alpha Synod, 1889. 
Died April 2, 1914/15; buried at Samuel Holt Chapel, Elon College. 

KOONTZ, DAVID JAMES, born in 1846 in Davidson Co. Six children were: 
Jesse, Perry, John, Mamie, Elizabeth, and Lillie. Ordained at Mt. Pleasant by N. C. 
Synod. Organized and served Negro churches in Cabarrus, Rowan, and Davidson 
Cos. Jensson says of him: "He was confirmed by the Rev. W. A. Julian, who also 
installed him as pastor of Pleasant Grove Church, . . . the first colored Lutheran 
Church the North Carolina Synod organized and received. He laid the foundation 
for the congregations in the Alpha Synod, and lived to see two young men, whom 
he had baptized, instructed and confirmed, in the Lutheran ministry, one of which 
was W. P. Phifer, secretary of the Alpha Synod." (American Lutheran Biographies). 
An organizer of Alpha Synod, 1889, and its first president. Died one year later, 
May 27, 1890, in 45th year of age, at Concord, where he is buried in the old 
Lutheran Cemetery. 

PHIFER, W. PHILO, born in Maryland. Married Hattie Roger. Children: Willie, 
Hugh, Mattie. Synod History says he was licensed by Md. Synod; Jensson's Biog- 
raphies says, he was baptized, instructed and confirmed by the Rev. David James 
Koontz, a fellow Negro Lutheran minister. Ordained April 28, 1890, at Charlotte 
by N. C. Synod. Ministered to his people at Concord, Charlotte, organizing St. Paul 
Church there, and Lexington. Later moved to Baltimore, Md. An organizer of the 
Alpha Synod, 1889, and its first secretary. Died 1911; buried at Baltimore, Md. 



Japanese And Chinese Ministers 



Officially connected with the North Carolina and Tennessee Synods 

Before there were in our Japan and China mission fields regularly constituted 
general Lutheran bodies, some pastors, at the request of the Mission Boards, were 
ordained, or as ordained men were enrolled, by order of N. C. and Tenn. Synods. 
In time they were transferred to their respective national Lutheran bodies. Follow- 
ing are short sketches of what is known of those pastors. 

AOYAMA, HIKOSHIRO, born in 1863 at Okazaki, Japan, and baptized January 
1877 in another Protestant Church. Graduated from Tsukiji Univ.; and in theology 
from McCormick Sem., Chicago. In Japan labored as an evangelist at Ogura, Naga- 
saki Prefecture; taught in Wilhelmina Girls High School. In 1913 (?) was received 
into Lutheran Church, and as ordained was enrolled by N. C. Synod. Service: Pastor, 
Hakata Church; professor, Lutheran Sem., Kumamoto, 1916—; pastor, Kobe Church, 
1937-40. One son became a Lutheran pastor in Japan. Died Dec. 21, 1944, at Karui- 
zawa, Nagano Prefecture. "He was one of our Lord's fine servants." 

CHANG, H. S., a pastor of Lutheran Mission at Tsimo, Shantung, China, was 
ordained 1935 in China by the Rev. L. Grady Cooper, by order of N. C. Synod. 
Died 1944; buried in China. 

CHIGA, TORANOSUKE, born May 9, 1863, at Nagasaki, Japan. Baptized in 1883 
by a Methodist missionary. Educated: Chinzei Gakuin, Nagasaki; in theology at 
Aoyama Gakuin, Tokyo (both Methodist institutions). Taught in academic depart- 
ment of the latter. In 1904 began pastoral ministry in Methodist Church, serving in 
Tokyo, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Naha; then taught in our Lutheran boys' school, 
Kyushu Gakuin, Kumamoto. In 1915 became a helper in Lutheran Church, Nagoya; 
in 1918 resigned from Methodist Church, joined Lutheran Church and in 1919 was 
enrolled as ordained by N. C. Synod; pastor, Hakata Church (compiler of this 
sketch was associated with him there a number of years); pastor, Church at Karatsu, 
1929-. Died May 9, 1934, on 71st birthday. 

CHU, DANIEL, native of China; pastor in ULCA Mission in Malaya, and since 
1955 at St. Luke Church, Springfield, Ohio. (See other sketch in alphabetical order). 

TAKIMOTO, KOCHICHIRO, born at Wakayama, Japan. Began career as primary 
school teacher; baptized in December 1882. Graduated from Pacific Sem., (Presby- 
terian), California. Back in Japan served at Wakayama as evangelist of The Church 
of Christ in Japan (united body in which five Presbyterian and Reformed Missions 
were working); then in Hawaii. Back in Japan, pastor at Wakayama, also taught 
English in school there. Transferred to Lutheran Church in July 1911; ordained 
1917 by order of N. C. Synod, and became pastor at Kumamoto, also teaching in 
our seminary there. In August 1918 succeeded first native Lutheran pastor in Japan, 
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Church, 1920—, visiting all congregations in 1924 in three month period. Last church 
served, Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1931-38. Died Dec. 8, 1945, at son's home in Nagano 
Prefecture. 

WANG, YUNG SHENG, of Tsimo, Shantung, China, was approved in 1937 by 
N. C. Synod for ordination by the Rev. L. Grady Cooper, after Dr. Cooper's return 
to China following furlough. Name first appeared in synod's roll of pastors in 1939. 

WASA, TSUNENARI, was a Buddhist priest before conversion to Christianity. 
No specific data are available as to his birth, education, and other facts of his life 
and ministry. Ordained 1918 at Kurume, Japan, by order of Tenn. Synod. Service 
was rendered chiefly at Saga City and in Saga Prefecture, where in 1892 the Revs. 
R. B. Peery and J. A. B. Scherer began United Synod South mission work in Japan. 



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